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Bengals' Head Coach Marvin Lewis revealed after practice that rookie wide receiver Mohamed Sanu suffered a stress fracture in his left foot and indications are he's going on season-ending injured reserve after surgery Monday.

It's believed that Sanu broke the fifth metatarsal, an injury similar to the one former cornerback Johnathan Joseph suffered in the 2007 mandatory minicamp and current right tackle Andre Smith got during a 2009 practice.

It's seen as an injury that Sanu is going to have no problem overcoming, but since it happened with just five weeks left in the season he's got no chance of getting back in time.

Lewis indicated that wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (knee), limited Wednesday and Thursday, should be ready to go for Sunday's game in San Diego (4:25 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) against the Chargers.

He'll take back the slot spot Sanu took when Hawkins went out with a knee injury suffered two Fridays ago in practice that took him out of the last two games.

Sanu has caught the first four touchdown passes of his career in the last three games that have been the first three starts of his career and the Bengals have clicked for touchdowns on 11 of their last 13 red-zone trips with Sanu scoring three of them on third down.

Sanu played mainly in the slot on third down, as does Hawkins. Rookie wide receiver Marvin Jones, who missed a month with a sprained knee, returned last week and played nine snaps in last Sunday's win over the Raiders.

Lewis was left shaking his head.

"It's the first time we had all three guys, Marvin and Andrew (and Sanu) running and playing with confidence yesterday," Lewis said. "For about an hour."

Lewis said Sanu was simply running a route and didn't collide with anyone or get stepped on.

"(Stuff) happens," he said.

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