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Cincinnati Bengals receiver Andrew Hawkins will wear a cast for 10 days to try to heal his sprained left ankle, making it doubtful he’ll be ready for the season opener.

Coach Marvin Lewis said Saturday that Hawkins will be evaluated again when the cast is removed and the club will have a better idea how long he’ll be sidelined.

“It allows the opportunity to make sure we don’t inadvertently injure it more,” Lewis said. “It gives it a chance to settle down and begin to mend. He’s very optimistic that he’ll be ready to go at some point here, so we’ll see.”

If he’s not ready for the opener Sept. 8 in Chicago, he could be placed on injured reserve with an opportunity to return later this season. Teams can designate one player on injured reserve as available to return. Otherwise, a player is out for the season.

Hawkins was Cincinnati’s second-leading wide receiver last year with 51 catches for 533 yards and four touchdowns. He sprained the ankle while trying to make a catch during practice Aug. 1 and was carted off the field.

All-Pro receiver A.J. Green has been sidelined since he bruised his left knee while trying to make an acrobatic sideline catch in the opening practice of camp July 25 Green didn’t practice on Saturday in Cincinnati.

Also on Saturday, the Bengals signed guard Otis Hudson, a second-year player who was on their practice squad in 2010 and on the roster for seven games last season. The Bengals drafted Hudson in the fifth round in 2010. He has never appeared in a game.

Jaguars cool down

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley had receiver Justin Blackmon and defensive end Jason Babin in his office, hours after the two got into it on the sideline during the team’s preseason opener.

Bradley was pleased with what he heard, too.

“I’m not going to say that there was [nothing] between Justin and Jason Babin, but it was more like, ‘Just back up when Gus is telling you to back up,’ ” Bradley said. “It’s one of those things, and it probably appeared bigger. ... But it was a lot smaller than what I initially thought.”

It started when Blackmon, sitting out because of a groin injury, began jawing with Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll in the second quarter. The Jaguars were upset with a tackle and made it known to Carroll. Blackmon was the closest and most vocal of the bunch, escalating the tiff to the point where Bradley took notice.

That’s when veteran defensive end Jason Babin stepped in, apparently telling Blackmon to calm down, which drew a reaction from his teammate. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew eventually calmed Blackmon down and escorted him to the locker room.

“We’re handing it inside the building and trying to move on,” Jones-Drew said.

Manti Te’o sprains foot

San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o will sit out this week with a sprained right foot and miss Thursday’s preseason game at Chicago.

Te’o wore a walking boot while watching Saturday morning’s practice.

“Manti has a foot sprain and he will be out this week and I will give you any further updates as the week goes on, or next week,” coach Mike McCoy said. “But he will be out for the week.”

The team refused to make Te’o available to reporters, saying he would speak Monday.


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