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Marvin Lewis uncertain if Andrew Hawkins will play regular season opener

The Cincinnati Bengals head coach told reporters on Friday that he's not sure how severe Hawkins' injury is right now.

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said on Friday that Andrew Hawkins' status for the regular season opener is uncertain. Hawkins sustained a high ankle sprain during practice on Thursday when he laid out for a diving catch. Unable to put weight on his leg, Hawkins was helped off the field and eventually carted off to the locker room.

Hawkins showed up at Paul Brown Stadium with a protective boot on his left leg and crutches, placing doubt that he'll play at all during the preseason, much less the regular season opener.

Marvin Lewis added that Hawkins does have an ankle sprain, but the severity of that injury is currently unknown.

The Bengals play the Bears in Chicago on Sept. 8.

If the injury is serious enough, the Bengals could place Hawkins on Injured Reserve, designated to return later during the season. He is, however, ineligible for the Physically Unable to Perform list having already practiced during training camp.