Slot receiver Andrew Hawkins said today that there’s no surgery currently planned for his sprained ankle he suffered almost two weeks ago, and that he expects to return some time this season:
“I’m not worried about it. What happens is, that’s been my game since I have been a little kid. If I don’t have that game then I’m not back,” Hawkins said. “I’m not going to go back out there playing at lineman speed. Otherwise that means I’m not healthy yet. I’m just going to rehab it and work with the trainers. The good thing about it is we have an incredible training staff that is great at situations like these and I’m going to do everything in my power and let God handle the rest.”‘
“Trust me, this is low on the totem pole of hardships I’ve had in my career, so, that’s why I’m good for it,” Hawkins said. “I am not crying myself to sleep. I’m just going to go to work. This is no different. Every player in this locker room has gone through this, the rehab process and injury. I just got to come out here and work with the trainers like I work with (Andy) Dalton, like I work with A.J. (Green) , and all the rest of the receivers and coaches and get back as soon as possible.”
It’s unlikely Hawkins will be healthy enough to play in the regular season opener vs. the Chicago Bears, and depending how soon he can return after that will determine whether the teams places him on the Injured Reserve list with a designation to return.