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SUNDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT

LeSean McCoy, Osi Umenyiora to meet on the field

The Philadelphia running back criticized the New York Giants defensive end while Umenyiora was in a contract dispute in June, and the two will see each other Sunday.

November 19, 2011|By Sam Farmer
  • Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) will go against the Giants at defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora on Sunday.
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) will go against the Giants at defensive… (Photos by US Presswire and…)

"Hello, Osi. Fancy meeting you here."

OK, so the exchange Sunday between Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy and New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora probably won't be that cordial. The two have quite a history.

McCoy, who rushed for a combined 174 yards in 24 carries in two games against the Giants last season, tweeted in June that Umenyiora, who was in a contract dispute at the time, was "Overrated n soft 3rd best d-line on his team honestly."

In an interview with the Newark Star-Ledger, Umenyiora referred to McCoy as "Lady Gaga" and questioned his manhood.

"I mean, he's a girl, man. Who does stuff like that?" Umenyiora told the newspaper. "If he has more of these things to say, he can say 'em to my face. Don't be no Twitter gangster man."

When the teams met in Week 3, a game the Giants came back to win, 29-16, McCoy had 128 yards in 24 carries and scored a touchdown. Umenyiora was inactive because of a knee injury.

This week, Umenyiora said McCoy's summer putdown was "unforgivable," considering the contract situation in which the Giants star was embroiled.

"Whenever you see a man in a contract dispute, a fellow NFL player, you don't take that opportunity to take your shots at him," said Umenyiora, who has seven sacks. "You wait until you're about to play him. Then you take your shots. We've had our problems. I've moved past it. I just have to focus on winning right now.

"He said some things he shouldn't have said. He made a mistake there. At the end of the day, there's no extra motivation. I know for a fact that we have to win this game to get to where we need to go."

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