Injured kick returner Domenik Hixon cleared waivers yesterday, which means the Giants will be free to put him on IR at the start of training camp.
Hixon, by the way, will earn his $1.684 million salary, which was his restricted free agent tender, while he's rehabbing the surgically-repaired left ACL that tore in a non-contact drill the second day of minicamp. The Giants did take a calculated risk by exposing him to waivers, a necessary step before putting him on IR, but it is rare that other teams will take a player who is going to miss a season.
Hixon, highly regarded by the front office for both his abilities and his clean-living ways, will be a free agent after the season. But putting him on IR this year will keep him from signing with another squad before the Giants get a chance to negotiate a longer-term deal with him.