The Detroit Lions put up a hell of an effort against the Kansas City Chiefs, but ultimately came away with the loss. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only loss the Lions took on Sunday. Already missing a few key players on each side of the ball, the Lions suffered a couple more injuries against the Chiefs. As always, it’s a little too early to know the full diagnoses of these players, but here’s what we know about each Monday morning.
Hockenson suffered a scary-looking injury in the second half. After trying to hurdle a player, he ended up landing hard on his head and appeared to have possibly lost consciousness. He was eventually able to walk himself to a cart where he was driven off and evaluated for a concussion.
Quickly he was ruled out of the game, confirming that he did suffer a concussion.
The good news is that Hockenson did not require a hospital visit. Head coach Matt Patricia confirmed that Hockenson was actually in good spirits after the game, in which his parents were in attendance.
“He was in great spirits,” Patricia said after the game. “His mom and dad are here. It was good. We’ll just see how it goes.”
Concussion recovery times are nearly impossible to predict, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Stafford popped up on the injury report the Friday before the game, and concern seemed to grow throughout the weekend. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Stafford was in a considerable amount of pain and was the closest to missing a game during his entire ironman streak.
To make matters even more concerning, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported that Stafford’s hip injury was really more of a back injury, something Lions fans didn’t want to hear considering all the offseason concern about Stafford’s back.
However, after Sunday’s game, Stafford clarified that this injury has nothing to do with last year’s back injury.
As for how much the injury affected him during the game, Stafford was asked if he could go into detail on how much pain he was in on Sunday.
“No. I was okay.”
Well, okay then.
Diggs suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of the Chiefs game and went immediately to the locker room. Unfortunately, we don’t have much information on him right now.
“No update right now. We’ll see what it looks like tomorrow,” Patricia said after the game.
Slay didn’t play on Sunday, but it certainly seemed like he was close. He went through warmups during pregame and appeared to be truly a game-time decision. I would expect him back after the bye week.