The turf monster showed its teeth this week when new practice-field turf for the Giants contributed to WR Domenik Hixon’s season-ending knee injury. Below are some thoughts on the injury; you can see how the loss of Hixon compares to other OTA and minicamp injuries in this post.
Hixon suffered a torn ACL in mid-June, and his injury was blamed on how new the Giants’ practice-field FieldTurf was. It’s a big loss. While Hixon didn’t have the potential to have the impact that Limas Sweed did in Pittsburgh because the Giants have a deep receiving corps, he had carved out a nice niche as the Giants’ No. 4 receiver and designated down-field threat. More importantly, he had emerged as a dangerous return man who handled duties on both kickoffs and punts. With Hixon gone, the Giants will have to search for a new returner, or they’ll have to risk stalwarts like Mario Manningham or Hakeem Nicks on returns to try to replace Hixon’s explosiveness. That’s what makes Hixon’s loss sting for Big Blue.