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Vikings TE T.J. Hockenson ruled OUT in Week 16 vs. Lions

Vikings TE T.J. Hockenson suffered a knee injury in Week 16. Here are the latest updates and fantasy football impact.

T.J. Hockenson #87 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 24, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings are taking on the Detroit Lions in Week 16 of the NFL season. T.J. Hockenson took a hard hit to the knees and went to the sideline and into the medical tent for the Vikings.

Hockenson had brought in all four of his targets for 58 yards. Minnesota has already ruled out Jordan Addison on Sunday, so their passing attack can’t afford to lose another weapon like Hockenson. The tight end leads Minnesota in receptions (91), targets (123) and yards (902), and is second in touchdowns (five). While Hockenson is sidelined, Josh Oliver will likely take over as the top tight end. He will likely be counted on alongside Justin Jefferson and K.J. Osborn as the top options for quarterback Nick Mullens.

T.J. Hockenson injury updates

Update: Hockenson has been diagnosed with a knee injury and, concerningly, has quickly been ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Update: Hockenson has gone to the locker room for further evaluation.