Giants' Osi Umenyiora upset over comments by ex-teammates

Osi Umenyiora definitely has Justin Tuck’s back.


He just wonders why former teammates-turned-television analysts Antonio Pierce and Michael Strahan don’t.

Umenyiora blasted both former players for their criticisms of Tuck.

The two were outspoken on Tuck not playing through neck and groin injuries last week, maladies that will keep Umenyiora’s bookend and defensive captain out for his third consecutive game Sunday against Buffalo (4-1).

“It’s very, very disappointing,” Umenyiora said Friday as the Giants (3-2) concluded preparations for the Bills. “I can understand when the media does it. I don’t care about that, that’s their job. But the other guys played the game and they know what it’s like.

“It’s very disappointing, and it makes me question how real and how authentic they really are.”


FALCONS: Rookie receiver Julio Jones will miss the Falcons’ game against Carolina because of a hamstring injury.

Jones pulled up in the fourth quarter of a 25-14 loss to Green Bay while running a deep route down the sideline.

Coach Mike Smith said there’s no chance of the first-round pick from Alabama playing against the Panthers.

REDSKINS: Cornerback DeAngelo Hall has a knee injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hall was a surprise new addition to the injury report Friday.


PACKERS: Second-year safety Morgan Burnett broke his right hand in practice Thursday. He is listed as probable for the game.


HGH TESTING: Two congressmen and the NFL say after a meeting with the players union that testing for human growth hormone will begin shortly, but the union is less committal.

Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told reporters Friday that the sides agreed to begin testing “immediately.”

He added that what to do with the test results will be dealt with in the coming weeks.

But NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said testing will begin after a fair and safe system is in place.