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Pierre-Paul, who had two sacks in a preseason loss to Carolina on Saturday, wasn't upset sharing the right end job with Umenyiora.
"It makes the offense have a little hesitation and when we have all three of us out there in the Osi package, they don't know what to do," Pierre-Paul said. "So, it is good. Osi is back."
Teammates also said Umenyiora's situation was never a major problem. Quarterback Eli Manning said he was so focused on the offense, that he felt Umenyiora's absence was only a minor distraction.
"I haven't been answering questions on it," Manning said. "It hasn't been a main concern. Right now, it's something that had to get worked out, but we had other things we had to worry about."
Cornerback Terrell Thomas said having Umenyiora back in the lineup will put pressure on opposing quarterbacks and make his life easier.
"He's been in meetings, been alert and not made a fuss about it," Thomas said. "He's been talking to the younger guys at practice and doing what he has to do. Hopefully, he comes back healthy and makes us stronger as a team."
Veteran defensive tackle Chris Canty was excited to have Umenyiora back on the field.
"He is a tremendous football player and a great teammate, so having him out here is going to be awesome for us," Canty said. "We are just putting more bullets in the gun."
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