The Cincinnati Bengals are already without All-Pro receiver A.J. Green, who is recovering from a bone bruise in his knee, and will be held out for at least the next week of training camp. It’s already been decided that Green will not make the trip with the team to Atlanta this week, and neither will their starting slot receiver in Andrew Hawkins.
After Hawkins suffered a high-ankle sprain during practice last week, it was reported as a high ankle-sprain that would knock him out of most of training camp, and perhaps the entire preseason, but wouldn’t be serious enough to prevent him from playing in the regular-season opener vs. the Chicago Bears.
But head coach Marvin Lewis spoke with reporters today, and he revealed that the team is getting a second opinion on how to treat the injury.
If the injury is serious enough, the Bengals could place Hawkins on the Injured Reserve and designate him as eligible to return later during the season.
Needless to say, Hawkins is very disappointed to have already suffered a serious injury before playing a single snap of live game-action:
“Obviously for Andrew the ankle’s an important part of how he plays. So he’s got to get it right. We want to make sure he gets it right,” Marvin Lewis said. “He’s in a big competition there with a bunch of guys. That’s the thing he’s disappointed about. He’s battling to stay here and carve out a niche in the offense. Now he’s had a little bit of a setback. The other guys he’s competing with have a chance to step up a notch and move forward until he’s ready.”