Surface at New Meadowlands Stadium questioned

Did the playing surface at the New Meadowlands Stadium lead to the injury that has return man Domenik Hixon out for the season?

That was at least what was suggested by Paul Schwartz of the New York Post after Hixon was injured in Tuesday’s practice at the sprawling new facility and then word surfaced Wednesday that Hixon tore the ACL in his right knee. Originally, Giants coach Tom Coughlin had said Hixon was suffering from a hyperextended knee.

Per Schwartz, “players have said the new playing surface at the new stadium is soft and needs to be broken in.” FieldTurf is a very popular synthetic surface used in stadiums throughout the country and players are on it all the time. Whether or not it led to the injury could be a question for considerable debate. Coughlin said his team was outfitted in the proper footwear.

The bigger issue for the team right now will be finding a returner and a complementary receiver, roles that Hixon played well. He is expected to have surgery in the next two weeks.

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