Jul 26, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) runs the ball during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals may place Andrew Hawks on short-term IR


Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins has been slowed down with an ankle injury that may keep him from seeing the field until the midway point of the year.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was talking about Hawkins potential return and he made it clear that the play maker is a candidate to go on injured reserve with the designation for return. That would mean Hawkins could not return until Week 8 at the earliest.

“Andrew was placed in a cast and he’ll be in the cast for another 10 days and go from there,” Lewis said, via the Bengals official website. “It allows the opportunity to make sure we don’t inadvertently injure it more.

“It gives it a chance to settle down and begin to mend. He’s very optimistic that he’ll be ready to go at some point here, so we’ll see. At least for the next 10 days or so he’s going to be in this cast. Then we’ll have a little better update after that.”

Last season, Hawkins had 51 catches for 533 yards and four touchdowns.

He is obviously an important part of the team’s offense and he adds versatility to the passing game. Without Hawkins, Andy Dalton will be down a top option.

Luckily for the team, they will have a more well-rounded attack this season with their improved rushing game.

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