Wide receiver Domenik Hixon, who is returning after two consecutive ACL tears, called it "devastating." He spoke, of course, of New York Giants cornerback Brian Witherspoon, who just moments after returning to the field for the first time since tearing his ACL a year ago, went down with what the team fears is another torn ACL … of the same knee.
"I'm afraid it was an ACL again," head coach Tom Coughlin said.
The Giants have had a string of players suffer multiple ACL tears in recent years, including the aforementioned Hixon, linebacker Clint Sintim and now Witherspoon. One positive Witherspoon can take away from this is that both Sintim and Hixon have fought their way back from back-to-back ACL tears and will be competing for a spot on the 53-man roster this season.
Although no longer a death sentence for NFL players, dual ACL tears for Witherspoon put him at long odds to return. Whether or not the Giants place him on Injured Reserve (IR) or waive/injury him remains to be seen.
In addition to Witherspoon, recently signed defensive back Antwaun Molden was also carted off the field on Wednesday after suffering a hamstring injury.
"It’s tough but I’ve been through this situation before so it’s good to know what to do," Molden said.
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