EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora will have season-ending surgery on his injured left knee.
Umenyiora was hurt in the second quarter of Saturday's preseason game against the New York Jets, and Dr. Russell Warren told the team on Sunday that an MRI found a tear in his lateral meniscus.
The two-time Pro Bowler will have surgery on Tuesday.
"It was obviously the news that I did not want to hear," coach Tom Coughlin said. "But after listening to the explanation and Dr. Warren's thoughts on it, I am convinced that this is the right procedure and the right way to go."
The normal recovery last four months, Coughlin said, adding that a non-surgical option was not discussed.
The loss is a major one for the Super Bowl champions in the wake of the retirement of seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan a few months ago.
Coughlin said the team is considering all its options when asked whether the Super Bowl champions were interested in luring the 36-year-old out of retirement.
Coughlin recently talked with Strahan about his new career working on Sundays for Fox Sports.
"The only thing I talked with Michael about was his new challenge, moving forward in his new assignment and he was very excited about that," Coughlin said.
This is not the first time Umenyiora has required surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee. He underwent arthroscopic surgery for the same problem at Troy State.
Umenyiora started all 16 games last season and had 52 tackles and a team-high 13 sacks. He added seven tackles in the Giants' playoff run to the Super Bowl.
The Giants are now a bit thin at defensive end. Justin Tuck has replaced Strahan and New York signed veteran Renaldo Wynn in the offseason.
With Umenyiora out, the Giants have to consider moving strongside linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka back to defensive end. He was switched to linebacker last year so the team could put its best 11 players on the field.
"I haven't had a chance to talk to him so I am not going to comment on that," Coughlin said.
FALCONS PICK RYAN AS STARTING QB: Matt Ryan will be the Atlanta Falcons' starting quarterback this season.
The No. 3 overall draft pick was chosen Sunday by first-year Falcons coach Mike Smith, who indicated that Ryan will likely play just the first series of Atlanta's preseason finale Thursday night at Baltimore.
BENGALS PALMER BREAKS NOSE: Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer broke his nose during Saturday night's preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, but coach Marvin Lewis said he should be ready for the regular season opener.
Lewis said in a statement Sunday that Palmer had a small crack in one of his nose bones and it took doctors about 10 minutes to put it back in place.
Palmer is listed as questionable for Cincinnati's preseason finale Thursday at Indianapolis, but is expected to start the opener Sept. 7 against Baltimore.
The team said fourth-year quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will make his first Bengals preseason start if Palmer is unable to play.
Palmer was sacked three times by the Saints in the first half, the last on a safety blitz by Kevin Kaesviharn with 2 seconds left. The quarterback walked off the field with blood spilling down the front of his face, his nose already showing a prominent bump. He didn't return for the second half.
REDSKINS' TAYLOR COULD MISS OPENER: It's touch and go whether Jason Taylor will play in the Washington Redskins' season opener against the New York Giants.
Taylor sprained his right knee in the second quarter of Saturday night's 47-3 loss. An MRI performed Sunday morning allayed Redskins' fears of a more serious injury.
"It looks like there's no ligament damage," coach Jim Zorn said. "He could be out for 10 days or as much as two weeks. We are just waiting to see what type of a healer he's going to be."
The timetable puts in doubt Taylor's availability for the Sept. 4 Redskins-Giants game, which is the NFL's Thursday night league opener. Taylor has a streak of 130 consecutive regular season starts seventh among active players but that was put in jeopardy when the six-time Pro Bowl defensive end had his leg bent awkwardly in a pile during DeAngelo Williams' 5-yard run.
EAGLES' DAWKINS EXPECTS TO BE READY: Philadelphia Eagles safety Brian Dawkins is expected to be ready for the start of the season despite suffering a strained right ankle against New England.
Dawkins had an MRI Saturday and did not practice Sunday but expects to play Week 1 against St. Louis.
Asked whether Dawkins would be ready to play in the opener, coach Andy Reid said: "I believe so. It's really a day-to-day situation right now."
The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Eagles' preseason victory over the Patriots on Friday. Dawkins was able to make it off the field under his own power but did so with an obvious limp.