General manager Jerry Reese said he's having the manufacturers of the new stadium's FieldTurf surface inspect it for potential problems with the seams. But he said that had nothing to do with the torn right ACL that has sidelined kick returner Domenik Hixon for the season.
"It could have happened right out here, on the grass," Reese said as the Giants worked on their natural grass practice field Wednesday afternoon. "Where Domenik went down (near the numbers), that had nothing to do with seams. Where he went down, there were no seams over there. It was just a freak thing to happen, and we’ll just have to deal with it."
Reese indicated there could be a problem with the tray system at midfield that holds the pellets of the field's crushed rubber base under the removable logos. He said alterations might be in order there.
The biggest problem as far as the Giants are concerned lies with the punt return game, where Hixon was adept at providing field position. Reese said Aaron Ross could be a candidate, since he returned punts in college, as well as Mario Manningham. But never has served in that role in the NFL, so the likeliest candidate may be Sinorice Moss. He's done both punts and kickoffs, but has not been impressive at either spot.
Reese said he'd also look into trade possibilities.