Hockenson (ankle) was still using a scooter to get around in late December, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. There hasn't been any substantiative update on Hockenson's recovery from the season-ending ankle injury he suffered in late November. His continued use of a scooter a full month later suggests he had surgery, but neither player nor team has provided confirmation. The eighth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft finished his rookie season with 32 catches for 367 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games, struggling to make an impact after his 6-131-1 explosion Week 1 at Arizona. Hockenson was limited to 4.7 yards per target after the opener, including 3.4 YPT in his four games without Matthew Stafford (back) in the lineup. Stafford and Hockenson should both have time to get healthy before Week 1 of 2020.
Hockenson (ankle) will be placed on injured reserve, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports. Hockenson started his rookie campaign with a bang, corralling six of nine targets for 131 yards and a touchdown Week 1 at Arizona. Since then, he's contended with a concussion and a right shoulder injury, but he's also topped out at 56 receiving yards (Week 9 in Oakland) and scored just one more TD (Week 4 versus the Chiefs) in the ensuing 11 contests. Near the end of the Lions' last game Thanksgiving day against the Bears, Hockenson's lower leg bent in an awkward fashion, requiring him to use a walking boot and scooter afterward. Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com clarified the injury was to Hockenson's ankle, and while the tight end will miss the rest of the season, coach Matt Patricia told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that the Lions don't have enough info yet to know if surgery will be ordered up.
Hockenson (leg) was wearing a walking boot and using a scooter to move about after Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Bears, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Hockenson was hobbled after making his sixth and final catch of the contest. In the immediate aftermath, he was on crutches outside the locker room, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. However, the Lions appear to be taking a more cautious approach with Hockenson's health due to presence of the boot and scooter. Look for the team to clarify the specific nature of his injury in due time.
Hockenson (shoulder) is listed as active Thursday versus the Bears. After showing up Saturday on the practice report with a shoulder injury, Hockenson now will play two games in the span of five days. With undrafted rookie David Blough under center, Hockenson may be called upon to block more often than not against a tough Bears front seven. Moreover, Hockenson may split reps with fellow tight ends Jesse James and Logan Thomas, though the latter (a college quarterback) may be the emergency QB option due to Jeff Driskel's sore hamstring.
Hockenson (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Thursday's contest against the Bears. Hockenson was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, which is a good sign for his availability after he was labeled as a limited participant in the first two sessions of Week 13. If the rookie first-round pick suits up Thanksgiving Day, he'll lead a tight-end room that also features Jesse James and Logan Thomas.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||@Green Bay Packers||14||6.78|
|4||10/04||New Orleans Saints||8||6.12|
|14||12/13||Green Bay Packers||14||6.78|
|16||12/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||7.63|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||59||32||367||2||19||11.47||48|