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Detroit Lions to place T.J. Hockenson on IR

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The Lions’ first-round pick sees his rookie season end a month early.

Chicago Bears v Detroit Lions Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia announced on Monday afternoon that the team will be placing tight end T.J. Hockenson on injured reserve, ending his season with just four games remaining.

The Lions’ first-round draft pick suffered an injury on Thanksgiving in the fourth quarter when a Bears player rolled over his right leg. After the game, Hockenson was reportedly seen in a walking boot and scooter after the game.

“We will put him on IR today or sometime this week,” Patricia confirmed during his press conference. “With his ankle injury, it’s something that he’s not going to be able to finish the season with.”

Patricia would not comment on whether Hockenson will need surgery or not, but his statement does confirm that it’s an ankle injury. Late last week, former Chargers doctor David J. Chao suggested that based on the video, Hockenson likely suffered a high ankle sprain.

Hockenson’s rookie season ends with 32 catches for 367 yards and two touchdowns.