First-year Chicago Bears wide receiver/return specialist Domenik Hixon tore his ACL during the first day of organized team activities on Tuesday and will be out for the season as Hixon ponders retirement.
Hixon posted this status update on his personal Facebook page to break the injury news with a sense that Hixon’s playing days are over.
“I tore my ACL today for the 3rd time today! I’m disappointed that I won’t be playing for a bears team that has the players and coaches to WIN the Super Bowl. I thank God for letting me live my dream of playing in the NFL for 8 years plus. It has truly been FUN!”
Hixon, 29, suffered season-ending ACL injuries in 2010 and 2011 while a member of the New York Giants.
Hixon caught seven passes for 55 yards and a TD in 15 games for Carolina in 2013 and was expected to provide receiving depth behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery with Earl Bennett released during the offseason after refusing a pay cut.
His biggest contribution was expected to be on special teams after the team let Devin Hester leave via free agency as a returner with Josh Morgan and Eric Weems vying for the kick and punt return duties.
You hate to see a player go down with a season-ending injury at any time, but especially at the end of May and in this case it could not only end the year for the veteran, but also could end his career.
Hixon’s torn ACL was the second across the NFL on the first day or OTAs for several teams across the league as the Dallas Cowboys fear starting middle linebacker Sean Lee will be lost for the year after sustaining a torn left ACL in a drill with first round pick Zack Martin.