Per Bengals Public relations, the team has activated wide receiver Andrew Hawkins today by allowing him to practice, and they will now have to place him on the active 53-man roster within the next three weeks:
The Bengals today returned WR Andrew Hawkins to practice, on a roster exemption.
Hawkins is on the Reserve/Injured list, due to an ankle injury suffered in preseason, but he was designated for possible return under NFL rules.
Today starts a three-week window during which Hawkins may practice with the team without being counted against the 53-player active roster limit. He could be added to the roster at any time during this three-week period.
Hawkins played in 14 games last season and finished third on the team in receptions (51) and receiving yards (533), with four touchdowns. He entered this year in competition with Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu to be the team’s starting slot receiver, but with the Bengals using so many two-tight end formations, the lost WR role has diminished in this offense, bu Hawkins has the tools to make an impact on this offense and his return will be a very welcome one.