The Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiving corps took a big hit when the team placed Andre Caldwell on injured reserve, bringing his season to an end. Caldwell had been struggling with groin and abdominal injuries. He was a "healthy scratch" from the St. Louis game and was also held out last week after not progressing with the injury.
Caldwell had stepped up into a valuable third receiver's role behind AJ Green and Jerome Simpson. He had his best game this season when the Bengals were in Baltimore, catching three passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Taking Caldwell's place on the 53 man roster will be former Cincinnati Bearcat, Armon Binns. Binns had been on the Bengals' practice squad. The team also signed another former Bearcat, Videl Hazelton to fill the empty spot on the practice squad.
Caldwell's absence now means an expanded role for Andrew Hawkins. The diminutive rookie has only been used in select situations and on reverses to this point. He'll now be seeing more snaps.
The Bengals' receivers will need to duplicate their earlier performance against the Ravens this weekend, this time with AJ Green in the fold, for Andy Dalton and the offense to be successful.
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