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January 28, 2020 11:48 AM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Recovering from ankle injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hockenson (ankle) was still using a scooter to get around in late December, Michael Rothstein of 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.

December 3, 2019 10:16 AM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Heading to IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

November 28, 2019 05:12 PM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Injures leg Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 28, 2019 11:04 AM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Suiting up Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 27, 2019 07:08 PM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Officially questionable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 27, 2019 10:24 AM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Limited again Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hockenson (shoulder) was limited at Tuesday's walkthrough, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Hockenson has maintained his activity level through two injury reports this week, with Wednesday's final version potentially clearing up his status for Thursday's game versus the Bears. Even if he suits up, though, he may split work with the Lions' other tight ends for a second straight contest. In this past Sunday's loss at Washington, Hockenson received 33 of 74 offensive snaps, while Jesse James handled 32 and Logan Thomas got 28.

November 25, 2019 05:56 PM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: LP on practice estimate
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Hockenson (shoulder) is listed as a limited participant on Monday's practice estimate, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Hockenson dealt with this injury leading up to Week 12's loss to the Redskins and appeared to be held back, logging a season-low 33 offensive snaps and his first game without a catch. Since the 22-year-old still is expected to practice this week, he doesn't appear to be in jeopardy of missing a Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Bears at this time.

November 25, 2019 08:28 PM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: First game without a catch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hockenson didn't catch either of his targets during Sunday's 19-16 loss to Washington.

Hockenson was active for the game despite popping up on the injury report late Saturday with a shoulder injury. However, it's fair to wonder to what degree he was physically limited. Not only was this the first game he went without a catch, but the division of playing time between Hockenson (33 offensive snaps), Jesse James (32) and Logan Thomas (28) was as close as it's ever been. Especially if the rookie is playing through an injury, it'll be very hard to trust Hockenson to produce in any fashion with Jeff Driskel on track to start another game Thursday against Chicago.

November 24, 2019 11:32 AM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Suiting up Week 12
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hockenson (shoulder) is listed as active Sunday at Washington.

In the same game in which he suffered a concussion Week 4 against the Chiefs, Hockenson fell hard on his right shoulder while attempting to hurdle a defender. He didn't miss any game action due to the Lions' ensuing bye, but his status for Sunday's game came into question Saturday, when he curiously was added to the injury report with a shoulder injury. Hockenson will be available to the offense but may yield reps to fellow tight ends Jesse James and Logan Thomas.

November 23, 2019 08:48 PM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Dealing with shoulder injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hockenson has a shoulder injury and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Redskins.

The shoulder injury is a recent development as Hockenson wasn't present on the injury report all week, leaving his status for Sunday firmly up in the air. Jesse James and Logan Thomas would see increased work at tight end should Hockenson be unable to face Washington.

November 18, 2019 09:52 PM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Ties season low in catches
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hockenson caught one of two targets for six yards during Sunday's 35-27 loss to the Cowboys.

It's interesting that Hockenson wasn't in the starting lineup even though Detroit opened the game in a two-tight-end formation, but the rookie nonetheless wound up with his second-highest snap share of the season before the final whistle. The issue for him Sunday was that he just didn't see many passes come his way, as Hockenson also finished the game having seen his second-fewest targets of the year. There's optimism for a modest bounce-back effort Week 12 against Washington, but it's hard to imagine there being much upside for Hockenson as long as Matthew Stafford (back) is out of service.

November 11, 2019 08:56 AM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Another three-catch outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hockenson caught three of six targets for 47 yards in Sunday's 20-13 loss to Chicago.

Hockenson didn't see a significant difference in his involvement with Jeff Driskel filling in for Matthew Stafford (back) under center. The rookie tight end has caught at least three passes in six of his first nine games. He'll face the Cowboys at home in Week 11.

November 7, 2019 02:56 PM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Avoids injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hockenson (undisclosed) wasn't listed on the Lions' injury report Wednesday.

Hockenson was removed during the fourth quarter of this past Sunday's game at Oakland to be evaluated for a concussion. While Hockenson passed all neurological tests, coach Matt Patricia told Justin Rogers of The Detroit News afterward that the tight end had the breath taken out of him. The hit from Raiders safety Erik Harris was enough to keep Hockenson sidelined for the remainder of Sunday's game, but didn't result in any sort of designation on the Lions' initial Week 10 practice report. Hockenson thus can prepare in earnest for a Bears defense that has conceded 8.2 yards per target and 6.5 receptions per game to tight ends this season.

November 4, 2019 11:48 PM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Dodges concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Matt Patricia said Hockenson was hit in the back and it took the breath out of the tight end, but Hockenson is not dealing with a concussion, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Hockenson took a hard hit from Raiders safety Erik Harris on the final drive of the game during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Oakland. The rookie had to leave the field to be checked for a head injury, but Hockenson apparently was clear of concussion symptoms, which is especially great news for someone who was just treated for a concussion over Detroit's Week 5 bye thanks to another hit he took late during the Lions' Week 4 loss to Kansas City. Hockenson's level of participation in practice Wednesday will be more telling of the tight end's availability for Week 10 in Chicago, but it seems like he should be able to play.

November 4, 2019 09:48 AM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Unable to return to game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hockenson never returned to Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Raiders after he was evaluated for a potential concussion in the fourth quarter, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports.

The Lions didn't have any update after the game, with coach Matt Patricia unable to confirm that Hockenson officially was diagnosed with the injury. The rookie tight end previously suffered a concussion Week 4 against the Chiefs, returning to action after a Week 5 bye. Jesse James and Logan Thomas would be line for more snaps if Hockenson isn't available Week 10 in Chicago.

November 3, 2019 07:12 PM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Being evaluated for concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hockenson is being evaluated for a concussion after taking a big hit Sunday against the Raiders, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Hockenson is currently getting checked out in the blue tent in the fourth quarter. His return should be considered questionable as the Lions look to pull off a late comeback. The tight end mustered three catches for 56 yards before exiting.

October 28, 2019 08:32 PM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: One catch against Giants
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hockenson caught his only target for 21 yards during Sunday's 31-26 victory over the Giants.

Despite a soft matchup, Hockenson didn't see many passes come his way. Instead, he watched Danny Amendola serve as Matthew Stafford's favorite short-range weapon. Playing time isn't the issue with Hockenson -- he saw almost double the offensive snaps of the next-busiest tight end in Jesse James -- but rather it's Stafford's propensity to spread the ball around. As long as Amendola, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones stay healthy, it will continue to be difficult to trust Hockenson as anything more than a low-floor, somewhat-high-upside fantasy play.

October 21, 2019 05:04 PM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Catches three passes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hockenson caught three of five targets for 32 yards during Sunday's 42-30 loss to the Vikings.

Hockenson had his highs and lows in this one. After seeming to struggle as a blocker early on, the rookie later made a nice block downfield to spring Marvin Jones into the end zone. Hockenson also seemed to stop early on a couple of routes as a pass catcher, but he was also missed by quarterback Matthew Stafford on a play where the tight end had gotten open in the end zone. While it was altogether another disappointing fantasy performance from the first-round pick, there's upside in rostering him Week 8 against a Giants defense that has allowed the eighth-highest completion rate to opposing passers in 2019.

October 15, 2019 11:28 AM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Receiving struggles continue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hockenson caught four of six targets for 21 yards during Monday's 23-22 loss to Green Bay.

The bright side is that Hockenson showed no signs of a concussion and he ultimately finished second on the team in targets behind Kenny Golladay's nine. The flip side is that the rookie's inability to translate his usage into production was no fault but his own. Not only did Hockenson fail to extend a goal-line screen pass to the end zone early on, but he later dropped another potential touchdown in the corner of the end zone, failing to hang onto the ball after he hit the ground. Fantasy owners looking for the tight end to repeat his Week 1 production probably shouldn't hold their breaths when the Lions play host to a stout Vikings defense in Week 7.

October 13, 2019 03:20 PM
Lions' T.J. Hockenson: Out of concussion protocol
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hockenson cleared the concussion protocol, making him eligible to play Monday at Green Bay.

The Lions indicated Hockenson was closing in on the final step of the protocol with full practices Friday and Saturday. After meeting with an independent neurologist, he'll be back just in time to take on the NFC North leaders. Unfortunately for Hockenson, he'll be facing a Packers defense that has allowed the third-fewest yards per catch (8.2) to tight ends this season.

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