Domenik Hixon cut across the middle on an underneath route during Tuesday’s OTA session at Halas Hall. He had a step on his defender but at the end of the route wobbled as his right leg gave out and he went to all fours.
A member of the Bears’ medical staff helped him off the field and off to the side where his leg was examined and he tried to stand. With help Hixon then left the field while practice went on without him.
Now the Bears’ season will go on without him after it was learned that Hixon tore his right ACL, the third time he has torn that ACL for the former Giants and Carolina wide receiver, signed by the Bears in March and now likely at the end of his career.
The injury came on the same day that the Dallas Cowboys, who come to Soldier Field on Dec. 4, lost middle linebacker Sean Lee to a knee injury when rookie guard Zach Martin from Notre Dame put Lee on his back in a supposed non-contact session.
Hixon’s came with no contact, just a wrong step that ended a route and possibly a career. Hixon suffered torn ACL’s in both 2010 and 2011 as a member of the New York Giants.
He was signed to compete with receiver/returner Chris Williams, who played against Marc Trestman’s Montreal Alouettes as a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and has been timed at a dizzying 4.28 sec. in the 40-yard dash.