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|It's been a long time since Hixon warranted potential breakout status after a solid run at the conclusion of the 2008 season in the Giants starting lineup. Since then, he has been a disappointment, failing to build on that momentum in the 2009 season and suffering a pair of torn ACLs. In 2012, Hixon caught 39 passes for 567 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a backup role. In 2013, the six-year veteran brings his talents to the Panthers offense, where he will compete with a pile of journeymen and unproven younger players to start opposite Steve Smith. While Brandon LaFell has done little to excite anyone during his four years in Carolina, he is expected to retain his starting position, with Hixon the most likely candidate to assume the top backup spot. If Hixon can develop some chemistry with quarterback Cam Newton, he could emerge as a decent flex option in larger leagues, but we're not holding our breath. Hixon is waiver-wire material in most leagues.
| Steve Smith injures knee -- Sun Dec 22 6:30 pm --|
Will have an MRI Monday
|Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith will undergo an MRI on Monday for what he described as a sprained knee.
Smith suffered the injury in the first quarter of Sunday's 17-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Smith would not speculate on if he might be ready for next weekend's regular-season game at Atlanta, where the Panthers (11-4) can wrap up the NFC South title and a first-round playoff bye. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Domenik Hixon replaced Smith in the lineup and caught a TD pass late in the fourth quarter. Smith said he felt his knee pop which is never a good sign. He should be considered Questionable for Week 17 until we learn more details.