Giants lose Domenik Hixon for year

September, 21, 2011
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The New York Giants have announced that wide receiver Domenik Hixon has a torn ACL in his right knee for the second time in two years. Hixon will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the 2011 season.

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It's yet another blow to the already injury-ravaged Giants, who lost slot receiver Steve Smith and tight end Kevin Boss in free agency and have been struggling to find reliable targets in the passing game. Top wideout Hakeem Nicks played Monday night against the Rams in spite of a knee injury he suffered in practice last week, so he should be okay for Sunday's game against the Eagles in Philadelphia, but No. 2 receiver Mario Manningham continues to undergo concussion testing, and his status for the game is in doubt. If Manningham can't play, the Giants' top three receivers for the game would be Nicks, Victor Cruz and Brandon Stokley. The Eagles, in case you hadn't heard, are fairly strong at cornerback.

Hixon injured his knee making a touchdown catch at the end of the first half of the "Monday Night Football" game. He returned to the sidelines briefly but was unable to return to the game. Manningham suffered his concussion making a catch earlier in the same, apparently quite costly drive.

The Giants already have lost starting cornerback Terrell Thomas and starting middle linebacker Jonathan Goff, among other players on defense, for the season with ACL tears. That has hurt their depth on the defensive side of the ball, and this Hixon injury hurts them in a couple of places, as he'd been returning punts for them. Aaron Ross is now the most likely punt returner, though the Giants worry about using him there because the Thomas injury has already pressed him into duty as a starting cornerback.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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