Osi Umenyiora claims that he could have returned to the field for the Giants this season despite tearing the meniscus in his left knee on Aug. 24. "I got off crutches about a week and half, two weeks ago," Umenyiora said Tuesday. "I'm doing some jogging, some light drills. I'm progressing pretty well, and I'm a little bit ahead of schedule." He could end up being ready to play near the end of the season, but he can't play until next year because the Giants placed him on the injured reserve.