New York Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon has suffered a season-ending knee injury for the second straight year, the team said.
Hixon tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the Giants’ Week 2 win over the St. Louis Rams. It’s the same injury he sustained 15 months ago that forced him to miss the 2010 National Football League season.
“It’s a shame, he’s a guy who we missed last year and were happy to have back,” Giants quarterback Eli Manning said at a news conference. “It’s unfortunate, but we’re going to need some guys to step up.”
Hixon, also a kick-return specialist, will be the Giants’ ninth player on injured reserve and the fifth to sustain a season-ending knee injury. Starting middle linebacker Jonathan Goff, cornerback Terrell Thomas and reserves Clint Sintim and Brian Witherspoon also tore knee ligaments.
Hixon, 26, was injured while making a juggling 22-yard touchdown reception just before halftime of the Giants’ 28-16 win over the Rams two days ago. The sixth-year receiver caught four passes for 50 yards in the Giants’ first two games and returned three punts for 31 yards.
Victor Cruz, Brandon Stokley or Jerrel Jernigan will likely replace Hixon, the Giants said.
“It feels good to know you have an opportunity to get some real playing time this week and make a difference in the game,” Cruz told reporters. “The other part of me feels really awful for Domenik.”
Receiver Mario Manningham, who missed the second half of the Monday night win because of a possible concussion, met yesterday with team physicians and an independent neurologist. The Giants said he will undergo further examination and testing today. Manningham’s status for this week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles isn’t known.
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