CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 22: Domenik Hixon #87 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates as he leaves the field after a win against the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 17-13. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
The Chicago Bears possess one of the best receiving tandems in the NFL with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, but their depth at the position took a big hit on Tuesday night when it was revealed that Domenik Hixon, who was signed by the Bears early in free agency, suffered a torn ACL during OTA’s.
The receiver posted the news to his Facebook page on Tuesday night:
Hixon appeared in 15 games for the Carolina Panthers last season, making seven catches and racking up 55 yards receiving. He also had a touchdown in the campaign.
The 29-year old wide-out was going to be one of several contenders for the third receiver slot on the Bears’ roster, and it was entirely possible that he was going to be one of the candidates to return kicks for the team as well. Hixon was going to be competing with Eric Weems and Marquess Wilson for the third receiver spot, but as of right now, it appears that his NFL career may be over.
Chris Williams is another potential candidate for a wide receiving job, as well as a special teams role with the team. Josh Morgan and Terrence Toliver are also still on the team’s 90-man roster.