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Tanner Hawkinson injury appears serious as Bengals kick Tires on Otis Hudson


May 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals guard Tanner Hawkinson during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday’s victory over The Atlanta Falcons was a great way for the Cincinnati Bengals to open the preseason, but not everything was positive coming out of the game.

Rookie offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson was playing left guard, and while blocking on a play, wide receiver Taveon Rodgers was pushed back into the back of Hawkinson’s legs after the play was over. Hawkinson immediately hit the turf and appeared to be in serious pain, so much so that a cart was called for him. Hawkinson was able to rise to his feet and waived off the cart, and he then departed to the lockerroom.

The Bengals later said it was an ankle injury and they didn’t know the severity of it. With the team now bringing in other lineman in for a workout, that’s a pretty good indicator Hawkinson will be missing significant portion of the preseason, if not longer.

Hudson is a former fifth-round pick from the 2010 NFL draft, but never played a game in the NFL as he spent the next three years bouncing back-and-forth between the practice squad, the 53-man roster as a gameday inactive, to finally being signed back to the practice squad this past season.

Once the offseason hit, the Bengals chose not to sign Hudson to the offseason roster, making him a free agent, and by all indications, he hasn’t gotten even a sniff from other NFL teams. If the Bengals do bring him in, it will likely be as nothing more than a camp body, and he’s the perfect candidate, as he’ll know the offense better than any other free agent lineman.

As for Hawkinson, expect him to miss next week’s game vs. the Tennessee Titans, and probably more.
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