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Jerry Reese says field is not to blame for Hixon, but expresses some concerns about it

Jerry Reese said he didn’t think that the new surface at the new stadium had anything to do with the injury to Domenik Hixon.

“It could have happened right out here on the grass field,” he said this afternoon.

Still, that didn’t stop him from making a return trip to New Meadowlands Stadium today to give the surface another once-over. Nor did it stop him from pointing out that Hixon suffered a knee injury last year playing on another newly-installed field: the one in Dallas.

“I went over there and looked at the field again and we talked about some things that need to be changed in respect to the field,” Reese said. “We’re working on that. We hope to have all the kinks worked out before we get on it again.”

That probably won’t be until the preseason opener against the Jets on August 16. Reese said his concerns had to do with the amount of rubber pellets used by the grounds crew to fill the field as well as the tray system in the middle of the field. The trays are used to switch team logos depending on if the Jets or the Giants are the home team.

“There are some seams if you take them out and put different logos in and they’re very concerned about that, the field crew over there,” Reese said. “Hopefully we can get those things fixed if it needs to be fixed. I don’t think it will be an issue, but we’re going to make sure that it’s not an issue.”

Reese did say that where Hixon went down while returning a punt yesterday was not near the seams.

“It just happened,” he said. “Just a freak thing that happens sometimes in sports and we’ll just have to deal with it.”

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