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Giants Lose Domenik Hixon For Season With Knee Injury

New York Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon will miss the entire 2010 season after tearing a knee ligament when he caught a cleat in the Field Turf during Tuesday's practice at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

The Giants' wide receiver and returner will miss the upcoming season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a practice in the New Meadowlands Stadium on Tuesday. The news was revealed Wednesday after Hixon was examined by team physician Russ Warren. Hixon will undergo surgery in 2-3 weeks.

Hixon's cleat got caught in the FieldTurf as he was returning a punt. He took one step then fell to the ground and placed his hands on his helmet in disgust. Hixon then walked off the field under his own power, applied ice to his knee and watched the rest of practice from the bench.

Now the Giants are missing a key contributor, who last season caught 15 passes for 187 yards and a 61-yard catch-and-run touchdown against the Eagles. For the loss of Hixon, who averaged 15.1 yards on punt returns last year and had a 79-yard touchdown on a return against the Cowboys, the Giants can thank the turf that a few players said is soft and needs to be broken in.

"Well, listen, you have to go over there and go on it before you can make some judgments about it," Coughlin said. "We'll be better served now because of the shoes we recommend and so on."

This will, I'm sure, lead to a whole rash of stories -- and studies -- regarding the safety of the turf at the new $1.7 billion stadium shared by the Giants and New York Jets.