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Hawkins to start at WR opposite Austin

8/28/2014

The Cleveland Browns announced prior to Thursday night's preseason finale that Andrew Hawkins will start at the receiver spot vacated by the suspension of Josh Gordon. Hawkins joins Miles Austin in the starting lineup. When Hawkins was signed, it was projected he'd be the third receiver and usually line up in the slot to take advantage of matchups. But with Nate Burleson sidelined for so much of the preseason, Hawkins gets the start against the Chicago Bears.

Burleson will get his first preseason game action.

The Browns also announced that four cornerbacks are among those who will not play. That list includes DL Desmond Bryant (wrist), DB Pierre Desir (knee), DB Joe Haden (foot), LB Eric Martin (concussion), DB Buster Skrine (thumb) and DB Isaiah Trufant (knee).

First-round draft pick Justin Gilbert and Leon McFadden will start at cornerback.