Andrew Hawkins could hit short-term IR, fantasy owners should avoid

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Andrew Hawkins could be out for longer than initially expected. We break down the fantasy implications.

Andrew Hawkins suffered a sprained ankle in practice on Aug. 1, and now it appears he could be out for an extended period of time. The 27-year-old receiver is a candidate for the injured reserve-recall list, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.

As Hobson notes, Hawkins would be eligible to return in the second half of the season if the Bengals decide to put him on the list. That decision won't be made until final cuts on Aug. 31.

Fantasy impact: Hawkins wasn't on the radar for many owners, but he had the potential to become a decent option in PPR leagues. If the Bengals put him on the injured-reserve recall list, he won't be playing until at least Week 9.

Dane Sanzenbacher made a good impression in Cincinnati's first preseason game against the Falcons. Assuming Hawkins is out for a while, the former Buckeye could be a good fit to fill the slot.

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