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Umenyiora, who was part of a players antitrust suit against the NFL during the recent lockout, gave indications on Wednesday that he might practice soon when he did some work with trainers simulating snaps. He went to Atlanta on Thursday and got a second opinion on his injured knee.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said on Sunday that team doctors cleared Umenyiora for practice, and hours later Umenyiora told the AP that he would take the field on Monday.
"I will play under my old deal," Umenyiora said.
Umenyiora's decision came one day after second-year defensive end pro Jason Pierre-Paul recorded two sacks and played an excellent game in the Giants' 20-10 loss to Carolina in the preseason opener.
"JPP obviously played well," Coughlin said. "He was a force with two sacks and he missed another one. He made some tackles and was a force against a good left tackle so I was pleased with the way he played."
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