Hawkins suffered severe concussion and was taken off in a neck brace on a stretcher and consequently subbed out of the match.
The lethal forward has been one of the most important weapons in the Cats’ sudden turnaround in form in the run home to the finals.
Cats coach Chris Scott was optimistic about Hawkins after the match but was unsure about whether he will play against the Saints next week.
“He’s up and about and looks to be OK,” Scott said.
“But it was a bit concerning there for a little while. We were a little bit worried, but he looks to be as good as you could hope at the moment. But, as always, it’s going to take a long time to tell for sure.
“Everything else seems to be OK. The doctors are really happy with the way he is now.”
“He was looking ominous early, we thought,” he said.
“When you lose one of the best key forwards in the competition, it’s obviously going to have an impact. We were already a little bit hurt by injury going into the game with three or four of our probably starting six forwards not there, so it did require a little bit of shuffling.”
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