When Domenik Hixon went down returning a punt on the new stadium's FieldTurf field, it was originally thought he had hyperextended his right now.
Well, downgrade that. Turns out Hixon blew out his right ACL. A visit to the doctor's office revealed the tear, and he has been scheduled for surgery in two to three weeks. His season is over.
So let the questions begin. Is the new field faulty in some manner? Tom Coughlin said after the morning practice, before he received news that Hixon was done, that he already has the turf people looking into it.
"Listen, you've got to go over there and go on it before you make any judgements about it," Coughlin said. "We'll be better served now by the shoes we recommend.
"He got his foot stuck in there. You can see it on tape; he's turning a little bit. We're aware of it. We're continuing to work with it. We're asking the turf people to take another look at the field and some of the thoughts we had about shoes. I think it's pretty much just because it's new."
Coughlin said all the players were wearing the recommended shoes for that particular style of FieldTurf. But that may have to change now, especially in light of Hixon's non-contact injury.
Shoes are the least of the problems, however. Hixon's injury now creates a hole at the third or fourth wide receiver spot, as well as on kickoff and punt returns. That may just have secured yet another spot for Sinorice Moss, who took punt returns today along with Antrel Rolle, Mario Manningham, and Aaron Ross.