The Detroit Lions have moved rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson to injured reserve with an ankle injury. Hockenson suffered the injury at the end of the Lions’ thanksgiving game against the Chicago Bears.
Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett announced head coach Matt Patricia’s decision on Monday afternoon.
Matt Patricia said TJ Hockenson is going on IR with an ankle injury. won't be able to finish the year
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) December 2, 2019
Hockenson was the Lions’ first round pick in 2019. He played in 12 of 13 games this season, starting seven of them. He hauled in 32 of 59 targets for 367 yards and only two touchdowns.
In addition to the ankle injury, he also suffered a concussion on a nasty fall against the Chiefs in Week 4. He did not miss any games, however, as the Chiefs game immediately preceded the Lions’ bye week.
Detroit was hoping for more production out of their first round selection, but has not had much success this season. Now, with his rookie season almost officially over, as the Lions will need a lot of help to make it to the playoffs to see his return, they will have to return to the drawing board to get him more involved in 2020.
The Minnesota Vikings will host the Lions in Week 14, as they look to catch the Packers in the NFC North standings.
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