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New Meadowlands Stadium turf claims first victim: Giants WR out for year

 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.   — The New York Giants say wide receiver and punt returner Domenik Hixon will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a workout at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

Doctors originally suspected Hixon had hyperextended his right knee during the team’s first workout at the new $1.6 billion stadium Tuesday when his foot got caught and twisted in the FieldTurf surface as he returned a punt. It was a non-contact injury.

On Wednesday, the injury was diagnosed as a torn ACL, and the Giants say Hixon will have surgery in two to three weeks. Recovery time is expected to be about a year.

Hixon averaged 15.1 yards on 17 punt returns last season, with one touchdown. He averaged 22.6 yards on 57 kickoff returns and ranked 12th in the NFC.

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