Hawkins a candidate for Bengals’ injured reserve-designated to return

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins is sidelined indefinitely with an ankle injury, an injury serious enough that he's regarded as a candidate to be on injured reserve-designated to return.

“Andrew was placed in a cast and he’ll be in the cast for another 10 days and go from there,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told reporters. “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.”

Hawkins caught 51 passes for 533 yards and four touchdowns last season.

When asked about the injured reserve option designated to return, Lewis replied: “Right now he has a chance to be a candidate for that at this point. You can declare any time after you cut the 53 so any time after that first Tuesday of the regular season. It’s a person that is on your 53-man roster.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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