Third year pro Andrew Hawkins was looking forward to the most anticipated season in recent memory for his Cincinnati Bengals. Unfortunately for the former Toledo product, he injured his ankle on August 1st while trying to make a catch in practice, immediately being placed in a cast.
Hawkins’ ankle was not broken, thankfully, but it was sprained. Head coach Marvin Lewis said that Hawkins will get his cast off this week and undergo further evaluation on the ankle. But, Lewis also said that he will absolutely be out for the rest of the preseason.
The fact that he will miss the remainder of the preseason means that the Bengals may wind up putting Hawkins on injured reserve. Each team has the ability to place one player on the injured reserve list during the preseason that is allowed to come back and play during the regular season.
Hawkins is coming off a sophomore season in which he broke out, doubling the yardage he posted in his rookie year. Finishing with 51 catches, 533 yards and four touchdowns, Hawkins improved upon his first year in the league tremendously. In his rookie campaign, Hawkins did not find the end zone once.
With a couple of new weapons on offense for quarterback Andy Dalton to work with, Hawkins could be an integral part as one of the second or third options depending on what package they have out there. Tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Giovani Bernard will provide a lift and a bit of versatility for Dalton, but Hawkins’ presence will still be needed without a doubt.
We will keep you updated on his status if it changes in the near future. Hopefully, for the Bengals, Hawkins can get back on the field for the season opener.