Bengals add another weapon, activate WR Andrew Hawkins from IR

Andrew Hawkins has been activated from the IR and is eligible to play immediately. (USATSI)
Andrew Hawkins has been activated from the IR and is eligible to play immediately. (USATSI)

The Bengals offense is already good, but it might have just gotten better. The team activated wide receiver Andrew Hawkins from injured reserve on Thursday. Hawkins is eligible to play as soon as Week 9, meaning he could take the field as soon as Thursday night when the Bengals play in Miami. 

Hawkins injured his ankle in early August and was placed on injured reserve (IR) before the season started. Hawkins was placed on the IR-designated to return list, which meant he had to sit out at least the first eight weeks of the season. 

The third-year receiver was a favorite target of quarterback Andy Dalton last year. Hawkins finished the 2012 season third on the team in receptions (51), receiving yards (533) and touchdown catches (4).  

It's fitting that Cincinnati activated Hawkins on Halloween because the Bengals offense, already ranked ninth in the NFL, just got a little scarier for opposing defenses. 

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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