Osi Umenyiora is expected back on the practice field this week and could even play in the Giants' game against the Eagles, although a return to game action the following week in Arizona against the Cardinals seems more likely.

"We certainly hope Osi will be ready to go," Tom Coughlin said Tuesday. "We hope to have him on the practice field [Thursday] . . . If there's not any type of setback, I would expect that."

Umenyiora was sidelined most of training camp. He was seeking a trade or a new contract, something he said was promised by Jerry Reese. He returned to practice for several days but his knee swelled up, so he had arthroscopic surgery Aug. 19.

Umenyiora was on an adjacent field Friday.


WRs evaluated

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Wide receivers Mario Manningham and Domenik Hixon were both being evaluated to determine the severity of their injuries. Neither of them seemed certain of what was bothering them.

Manningham was sidelined with a concussion and although he later told reporters he had a neck injury, the team said he failed a baseline test. "He's going through the entire battery of tests that are part of the protocol for someone who leaves the game with any type of head injury," Coughlin said.

Hixon was having his right knee examined even though he said his discomfort was in his calf. He injured his leg -- the same one in which he tore an ACL last spring -- while making an acrobatic touchdown catch.


Giant steps

Coughlin was happy with the win over the Rams, but saw plenty of room for improvement. "We have a lot of work to do," he said. "We are, without a doubt, a work in progress."