Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson is not being placed on injured reserve according to report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Had the Lions chosen to take this route, Hockenson would be ineligible to practice for six weeks and ineligible to play for eight weeks. If the Lions stick with this decision to keep him off of IR, it’s a good sign Hockenson will return before that eight week period.
Hockenson suffered a concussion during Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs when he attempted to hurdle a defender. The contact caused Hockenson to lose control of his body, and his shoulder and head collided with the turf in a violent manner.
Hockenson immediately went motionless and spent several minutes on the turf before eventually standing up on his own and walking to the cart.
After the game, Lions head coach Matt Patricia said Hockenson was in “great spirits,” and the Lions’ first-round pick did not go to the hospital following the injury.