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Giants Make Injured Hixon Available To Waivers

 

The New York Giants announced Wednesday that they have waived injured receiver/returner Domenik Hixon, and replaced him on the 80-man roster with career special teamer Adam Jennings.

 

The Giants' decision to waive/injured Hixon, as opposed to wait and place him on injured reserve, makes his situation slightly interesting. The rest of the league now has the opportunity to claim his rights. Though Hixon is out for the season with a torn right ACL, he is a game-altering return man and effective sub-package receiver when healthy. He ranked second in the league in punt return average last season.

 

Claiming off waivers a player who's been waived/injured is widely seen as a no-no in league circles, but the Jaguars executed the rare "snatch-and-stash move" with cornerback Don Carey last offseason. The Browns waived Carey after he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in August. Jacksonville claimed Carey, stashed him on injured reserve for all of 2009, and inserted him with the first-team defense this spring.

 

The catch for Hixon is that he isn't signed through the 2011 season. Therefore, any team interested in the 25-year-old would most likely want to re-sign him before the start of free agency next offseason while monitoring Hixon's rehab from reconstructive knee surgery.

 

Most likely, he'll wind up on New York's I.R.

 

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/07/15/giants-make-injured-hixon-available-to-waivers/

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from pat traina at inside football:

 

FYI, players with 4 or less accrued seasons have to pass through waivers before. They can be put on any reserve lists. So it is possible that Hixon will clear waivers and be added to IR or he will be cut loose with an injury settlement.

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From NFL.com:

 

Giants will put Hixon, who clear waivers, on injured reserve

 

By Jason La Canfora NFL.com Published: July 17, 2010 at 02:39 p.m. Updated: July 17, 2010 at 02:53 p.m

 

Wide receiver/kick returner Domenik Hixon cleared waivers this week, a league source said Saturday, so the New York Giants will place him on season-ending injured reserve.

 

The Giants put Hixon on the waived/injured list Thursday, one month after he suffered a right anterior cruciate ligament tear during the team's first practice at New Meadowlands Stadium. The Giants risked losing Hixon's rights by waiving him, though it's rare for players to be claimed while they're dealing with a long-term injury.

 

Hixon's contract expires after the 2010 season. He will be paid his $1.684 million salary while on IR.

 

Hixon had 15 catches for 187 yards and one touchdown last season, but he made his mark on special teams, where he averaged 22.6 yards per kick return and 15.1 yards per punt return. Hixon, 25, started his NFL career with the Denver Broncos in 2006 and joined the Giants in 2007.

 

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$1.684 million to rehab sure beats Worker's Comp.

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