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T.J. Hockenson clears concussion protocol, Da’Shawn Hand OUT vs. Packers

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Hockenson will play on Monday, Hand will not.

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Detroit Lions Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

As the Detroit Lions travel to Green Bay for their big Monday night showdown with the Packers, the team announced two significant injury updates for the game.

First, rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson has been cleared from concussion protocol and removed from the injury report entirely. He will play on Monday night, meaning he won’t even miss a single game after suffering a serious-looking concussion in Week 4, when his head and shoulder collided with the turf.

Additionally, defensive tackle Da’Shawn Hand has been downgraded from questionable to OUT. Hand had his first contact during practice since his elbow injury during training camp, but it appears he’s still at least a week away from getting back to action.

The Lions could be seriously shorthanded at defensive tackle this week, as Mike Daniels has already been declared out and A’Shawn Robinson is questionable, too, with a knee injury. However, the fact that he has not been downgraded is a good sign he is traveling with the team, and he is—at worst—a game-time decision.

If any other updates come along, we’ll pass them your way.