Lions coach Matt Patricia said in a conference call just now that T.J. Hockenson is sore but not in concussion protocol.
Hockenson, according to Patricia, got hit in the middle of the back and just had the wind taken out of him and checked out normal.
Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (concussion) took full practice...
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Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (concussion) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week.
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Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (concussion) took limited practice reps Thursday. Hockenson was reported to be a "full go" by Lions.com writer Tim Twentyman, but the limited tag indicates otherwise. We've put him in the rankings for now, but owners should check back throughout the weekend for the latest news if they hope to start Hockenson on Monday night.
T.J. Hockenson expected to participate in practice today, but Patricia said the rookie tight end remains in concussion protocol.
T.J. Hockenson will do some work at practice and should be on his way to recovery but he does remain in the concussion protocol. If he is cleared, he'll have a tough matchup in Green Bay, but tight end is a wasteland in fantasy at the moment.
Owners can expect Hockenson to miss some time and James to likely take over as the TE1. Hockenson was great in Week 1 before disappearing in Weeks 2 and 3. Before getting hurt, he had three catches for 27 yards and a TD.
Rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson was carted to the locker room after taking a scary fall on his right shoulder in the third quarter of the Detroit Lions' game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Hockenson was injured with 2:10 to play in the quarter when he caught a 9-yard pass from Matthew Stafford and tried to hurdle Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu.
Linebacker Damien Wilson caught Hockenson's left leg while Hockenson was in the air and spun the tight end to the ground.
Hockenson's body went limp after he hit the ground, but he sat up on his own and eventually walked to a waiting medical cart, where he was taken up the Ford Field tunnel, evaluated for a concussion and ruled out for the rest of the game.
During his training camp visit with the Lions, Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports is noting rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson will likely begin the season as the Lions' No. 2 tight end, behind Jesse James.
This isn't a huge surprise, as Hockenson is still learning and the Lions brought in Jesse James as a free agent this offseason from the Steelers. Paylor also said: "How quickly he ascends from there (No. 2 TE) will come down to how fast he understands defensive coverages (sight adjustments) and blocking schemes in the run game, but there's hope he can contribute this year and turn into a really fine player down the road once he fully fills out." Hockenson has reportedly been developing very well, and it wouldn't be surprising if he does elevate to the TE1 role at some point this season. He certainly has more upside than James and would be a better option in the passing game. Rookie tight ends are always tough to fully invest in for fantasy purposes, but if anyone can do it this year, it's Hockenson.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell talked about the “flexibility” the new group of tight ends brings to the offense and said he’s enjoyed figuring out how to put all of the pieces together for the 2019 season.
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