Willson (concussion) caught 13 passes for 87 yards and no touchdowns over 14 games for the Lions in 2018. Willson came over from Seattle last offseason with a prime opportunity to take over an every-down role for a Detroit team that had no clear answers at the tight end position. However, he failed to emerge as either a consistent blocker or receiving option and ultimately fell behind the uninspiring Levine Toilolo on the depth chart before sitting out the Lions' regular-season finale due to a concussion. Willson will look to get back to full health before re-entering the free-agent market at the end of the league year.
Willson (concussion) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. Willson sustained a concussion during last week's loss to the Vikings, and will not clear the league-mandated protocol in time to suit up Week 17. The sixth-year pro has 13 receptions for 87 yards on the season.
Willson (concussion) did not participate in Wednesday's practice. Willson never returned to last Sunday's game against the Vikings after exiting to be evaluated for a head injury. His absence from Wednesday's practice suggests he remains under the concussion protocol. If he isn't able to return to practice Thursday or Friday, Willson's 2018 campaign is likely in the books.
Willson exited late in the first half of Sunday's game against the Vikings to be evaluated for a concussion, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. The Lions should provide an update on Willson's availability -- or lack thereof -- for the rest of the game shortly after halftime concludes. As per usual, the tight end didn't see any involvement in the passing game prior to departing.
Willson logged 24 offensive snaps during Sunday's 14-13 loss to the Bills but didn't draw a target. The Lions have experimented with Willson at fullback in recent weeks with Nick Bellore (ankle) injured, but offensive guard Joe Dahl seems to have emerged as the preferred replacement at the position. Willson is thus slated to finish the 2018 campaign in a blocking-oriented backup role behind starting tight end Levine Toilolo.
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