Early Injuries in Preseason can benefit Cincinnati Bengals

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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

 

It’s been a tough first week of training camp for many NFL teams. from Jeremy Maclin’s torn ACL, to Dennis Pitta’s fractured hip, to Percy Harvin’s hip labrum tear, many receivers are seeing their season’s end before they even begin.

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, including the team’s preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons next Thursday night.

Now, they’ll be without their starting slot receiver in Andrew Hawkins, who suffered a high-ankle sprain during tonight’s practice, which will likely knock him out of action for a good portion of the preseason:

 

Indications Thursday night were Hawkins won’t be out more than two weeks.

Head coach Marvin Lewis said after practice he didn’t know what the diagnosis is, but after Hawkins made a diving, stretching catch to haul in an Andy Dalton pass down the seam before an estimated crowd of 6,200, he grabbed his left ankle. He couldn’t put weight on the foot as he got helped off the field and was carted to the locker room.

 

Here’s the receiving statistics for the Bengals last year:

NAME REC TAR YDS AVG TD LONG 20+ YDS/G 1DN
A.J. Green 97 164 1350 13.9 11 73 16 84.4 61
Jermaine Gresham 64 94 737 11.5 5 55 8 46.1 33
Andrew Hawkins 51 80 533 10.5 4 59 5 38.1 24
Brandon Tate 13 25 211 16.2 1 44 5 13.2 6
Armon Binns 18 29 210 11.7 1 48 2 26.3 7
Marvin Jones 18 32 201 11.2 1 23 1 18.3 11
Mohamed Sanu 16 25 154 9.6 4 34 1 17.1 10
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 22 29 104 4.7 0 13 0 6.9 4
Orson Charles 8 10 101 12.6 0 25 1 6.3 5
Cedric Peerman 9 9 85 9.4 0 16 0 6.1 6
Brian Leonard 11 15 67 6.1 0 16 0 4.5 2
Ryan Whalen 7 12 53 7.6 0 10 0 5.9 3
Chris Pressley 1 3 1 1.0 1 1 0 0.1 1
Totals 335 540 3807 11.4 28 73 39 237.9 173
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