If Domenik Hixon is going to play for the Giants this season, he can’t avoid this any longer.
The wide receiver has not stepped foot on the turf at New Meadowlands Stadium since last June, when his knee buckled while fielding a minicamp punt and he tore his ACL. Monday night, for the first time since that season-ending injury, Hixon will return to, as he called it, “the scene of the crime.”
He said he’ll likely walk around the area that has haunted him for the last 14 months, maybe pat it down a little to make sure the FieldTurf is solid. And then he’ll try to continue earning the No. 3 receiver job that he seems to have the early lead for on the team.
“Talking to guys who have been out before with injuries, the whole mental part of it” is an important hurdle, Hixon said. “It happens to be a home field, so you better get over it pretty quick.”
Hixon had a team-high four receptions in the preseason opener and has been practicing every other day as a scheduled precaution.