Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis: Hawkinson Injury Doesn't Appear Serious

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Even though there was a lot to cheer about in the Bengals trouncing of the Falcons on Thursday night, a somber moment occurred when backup offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson went down with an injury.

When the Bengals were taking it to the Falcons late in the preseason opener on Thursday night, spirits for the Cincinnati faithful had to be high. And, even though the end result had to bring a smile to the faces of Bengaldom, some somber moments occurred--namely in the form of injuries.

Late in the game, backup offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson went down with an ankle injury. Though we weren't sure how severe the injury was, it didn't look promising when he was carted off of the field. Though an official status hasn't been divulged, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said that he didn't think it was serious.

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy gives us a less optimistic image when he reported what Hawkinson looked like in the locker room in postgame interviews.

We are fairly certain that further tests and examinations will be done on Hawkinson's ankle to see the extent of the damage, though Lewis' proclamation eases some nerves. We'll know more for certain in the coming days.

Though he isn't a starter, Hawkinson has become a coaching staff favorite with his tenacity and versatility. If there's one thing that offensive line coach Paul Alexander likes out of his players, it's the ability to play a variety of spots on the line. Hawkinson flashed that ability early in camp, so hopefully Lewis' initial diagnosis is accurate.

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