Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon caught the worst break he could have imagined when he had an MRI on Monday.
The pictures revealed a re-tear of the right ACL, the same ligament that forced him into reconstructive surgery in the 2010 training camp and a lost season.
Now, after just one half of play, and two catches for 29 yards and a juggling touchdown just before halftime of the 28-16 win over the Rams, Hixon’s season is over. He will undergo surgery in the next few days, and will be placed on injured reserve.
And quarterback Eli Manning — now searching for other options besides Hakeem Nicks and newcomer Brandon Stokley as he awaits further word on the concussion status of second-option Mario Manningham — is perplexed to say the least.
“It’s a shame, a guy who we missed last year and we’re happy to have back,” Manning said. “Obviously you saw his contribution already with the touchdown catch. Those are the kinds of plays he can bring to us.”
Hixon joined cornerback Terrell Thomas in the re-tear department. Thomas tore his right ACL in the second preseason game against the Bears and is gone for the season.
The issue with both players whether they can come back to full efficiency at all. Re-tearing an ACL is a serious matter, and several orthopedists questioned at the time whether Thomas will ever be the same again. The same undoubtedly holds true for Hixon, who was also the team’s best punt returner.
Now, Aaron Ross will likely field punts, while untested Victor Cruz and rookie Jerrel Jernigan step into Hixon’s spot.
“We just need some young guys to step up and make some plays also,” Manning said.