For someone who was once sleeping on a friend’s couch and working two jobs to keep his football dream alive the ankle injury that Andrew Hawkins suffered Aug. 1 is not the worst thing to happen.

“Trust me this is low on the totem pole of hardships I’ve had in my career so that’s why I’m good for it” Hawkins said Monday. “I am not crying myself to sleep. Every player in this locker room has gone through this the rehab process and injury. I’ve just got to come out here and work with the trainers like I work with (Andy) Dalton like I work with A.J. (Green) and all the rest of the receivers and coaches and get back as soon as possible.”

Hawkins was moving around the locker room with a scooter keeping the left ankle immobilized. He will be in a cast for another week before the medical staff reassesses how long he will be out. Hawkins did not give a timetable on his return but ruled out having surgery.

Barring a quick comeback Hawkins is likely to start the season on injured reserve with a designation to return meaning he wouldn’t be eligible to come back until before the Week 9 game against Miami on Oct. 31.

With his game predicated on speed – he has eight receptions over 20 yards during his career – Hawkins knows that he can’t rush the rehabilitation process in order to return.

“I’m not going to go back out there playing at lineman speed otherwise that means I’m not healthy yet. I’m just going to rehab it and work with the trainers” Hawkins said.