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For D. Hixon, Remarkable Improvement

Drew Hixon, the son of Redskins wide receivers coach Stan Hixon, was at Redskins Park on Thursday for the first time since he suffered a serious head injury during a collegiate football game earlier this year.

Drew Hixon, 22, visited with some of the coaches, players and staff at Redskins Park. He was a regular presence at the training facility during training camp in July and early August as an intern.

The younger Hixon was a wide receiver at Tennessee Tech University this season. On Sept. 11, Hixon suffered his injury at the end of a play during a game between Tennessee Tech and South Florida. He was at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Fla., for several weeks in recovery. He is now living with his parents in the area.

"I think that's a miracle that he's able to get around like that," head coach Joe Gibbs said on Thursday. "And now he's communicating and talking. He's bounced almost all the way back, and it's been miraculous really."

The team held a prayer service at Redskins Park for the Hixon family in mid-September.

"It's been a real prayerful thing for us," Gibbs said. "It makes you realize how important life is. Drew's family's real strong and we're proud of him."

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