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Triple-threat Hixon Will be Missed

Seldom has a role player ever been so genuinely missed by his teammates due to a season-ending injury. Of course, there are very few role players in the NFL like Domenik Hixon. As the team's ace return man, handling both kickoff and punts, Hixon also proved to be a formidable target at receiver – able to stretch his athletic 6-2, 182-pound frame to make the tough catches when it mattered most.

So when Hixon's right knee buckled in front of thousands of fans at New Meadowlands Stadium during the veteran minicamp in mid-June, a collective gasp was heard around the state-of-the-art confines. Even though he was able to walk of the field with assistance, the worst fear was divulged shortly after: ACL tear, out for the season. For the close-knit receiving corps, who showed they could...