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. They’d also have to pay him $1.684 million to sit on injured reserve.
Most likely, he’ll wind up on New York’s I.R., or be released with an injury settlement.