Domenik Hixon missed the entire 2010 season with a torn ACL in his right knee, so it was nerve-wracking to see him hobble off the field Monday after scoring a second-quarter touchdown against the Rams. Initial reports confirmed fears that he re-injured the knee, and his return was officially dubbed "questionable."
Fortunately, the injury doesn't appear to be serious. Hixon made a brief attempt to return in the second half, appearing in a handful of plays, but with the score well in hand the Giants opted against taking unnecessary risks. And as he clarified to reporters after the game, it wasn't his knee at all, but rather tightness in his calf, that forced him out.
"They asked me if I felt 100 percent," Hixon said. "I was honest and told them no."
It's not yet clear if Hixon will miss additional time with the injury. He finished the game with two catches and 29 yards.
The injury occurred as Hixon fell awkwardly while juggling a 22-yard strike from Eli Manning (video). Hixon ultimately caught the ball -- while lying on his back in the end zone -- but not before tipping it to himself twice. After the game, he couldn't explain why he had so much difficulty making the play.
"It happened so fast, I don’t know if it him in arm or hit me in the shoulder," Hixon said. "Until I see the replay, I won’t be able to tell you. At the end of the day we always say, catch the ball. I didn’t want to get fined by the receivers for not catching it."