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Umenyiora absent as Giants report to training camp

Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora failed to report for the opening day of the New York Giants training camp and was placed on the reserve-did not report list.

Umenyiora, who said during the recent lockout that general manager Jerry Reese failed to live up to a promise to renegotiate his contract, can be fined $30,000 a day.

Umenyiora missed his physical, a team meeting and a conditioning session.

"I am not taking any question about Osi," Reese said. "He is not here. He knows training camp is open today, He is not here."

Umenyiora did not return a email by The Associated Press seeking comment.

Coach Tom Coughlin hoped that Umenyiora would report on Saturday.

"What I would like to see happen is obviously Osi come in, sit down and talk to Jerry, and then decide he wants to be a Giant and make a difference on our team," Coughlin said. "Osi is an excellent player, he's part of our team, he's under contract, he gives us an outstanding chance to win. The more outstanding players we can have, the better."

On the opening day of camp, Reese said that first-round draft choice Prince Amukamara is the only unsigned draft pick.

Reese said that only a couple of language issues stood in the way of getting the cornerback from Nebraska signed, and that he does not envision a long holdout.

Signed were defensive tackle Marvin Austin from North Carolina (second round), receiver Jerrel Jernigan from Troy (third), offensive lineman James Brewer from Indiana (fourth), linebacker Greg Jones from Michigan State (fifth), safety Tyler Sash from Iowa (sixth), linebacker Jacquian Williams from South Florida (sixth) and running back Da'rel Scott from Maryland (seventh).

While running back Brandon Jacobs renegotiated his contract, Reese said veteran defensive tackle Rocky Bernard refused to do that, and was officially released.

The Giants also have brought former Jets punter Steve Weatherford to camp to challenge second-year pro Matt Dodge. Dodge fell into disfavor after failing to punt out of bounds against the Eagles, setting up DeSean Jackson's game-winning punt return on the final play of a 38-31 loss in December that all but cost the Giants the NFC East title.

Receiver Ramses Barden, who was sidelined with a broken ankle last season, will start training camp on the active/physically unable to perform list.

Under rules of the new agreement, seven players will not be able to practice until Aug. 4 because they have new contracts: Weatherford, Jacobs, guard Kevin Boothe, defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, tight end/fullback Bear Pascoe and offensive lineman Jamon Meredith.