Friday update: Hockenson is being listed as doubtful to play in Week 14 vs. the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
Friday update: Hockenson has now missed back-to-back practices with a hand injury, meaning he’s likely to carry an injury designation into Sunday’s game against the Broncos. If Hockenson is out, Brock Wright would be the starting tight end for the Lions.
Super short practice window today, but didn't see Hockenson, Swift, McNeill, Onwuzurike, Okwara, JRM, Bryant or Walker.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) December 10, 2021
Thursday update: Hockenson was not practicing with the team on Thursday during the time open to media. We’ll see what the injury report tells us later in the day, but it isn’t great news for his availability this week.
T.J. Hockenson not taking part in Lions open portion of practice Thursday. Had his left hand wrapped pretty good. He was listed as limited on Wednesday’s practice report with a hand injury.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) December 9, 2021
The Detroit Lions got their first win of the 2021 season last week against the Vikings and are now hoping to make it two in a row when they face the Denver Broncos in Week 14. The Lions hope their top offensive pass catcher, tight end T.J. Hockenson, will be ready to go after he logged a limited practice Wednesday due to a hand injury.
Fantasy football implications
Hockenson has been banged up for most of the season with one ailment or another, so it’s not a shocker to see him on the injury report. He’s one of the team’s best pass catchers and is a reliable fantasy option at tight end, which is a position of scarcity every year. Given that he ultimately logged a limited practice session, it’s safe to say Hockenson’s status for Week 14 is not in danger yet. If he logs a limited session Thursday and Friday, then it could be time to make some backup plans.