first_imgT.J. Hockenson of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs for a touchdown.BLOOMINGTON, IN – OCTOBER 13: T.J. Hockenson #38 of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs for a touchdown against the Indiana Hossiers at Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Former Iowa star tight end T.J. Hockenson had a scary fall in the Chiefs-Lions game on Sunday. But despite being carted off the field, the Lions have not placed him on injured reserve.Hockenson attempted to hurdle a Chiefs defender during Sunday’s game, but couldn’t clear the player. The defender hit the tight end under the legs, causing Hockenson to awkwardly fall and hit his head and shoulder on the ground. Certainly a scary situation. He was carted off the field a few minutes later.T. J. Hockenson. Hoping he’s fine. pic.twitter.com/3ucKMGEvk9— Bears Barroom (@BearsBarroom) September 29, 2019But it appears Hockenson is doing better than expected. Despite Lions’ TE T.J. Hockenson landing hard on his right shoulder and head Sunday and then being carted off, Detroit will not be placing its rookie first-round pick on injured reserve, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 30, 2019Certainly a sigh of relief for the Lions and their fans. Detroit selected Hockenson with the eighth overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. Many felt that was too high of a selection for the tight end. But the pick appears to be paying off.Through four games, Hockenson is proving his worth. He has 11 receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns. The tight end is averaging 15.1 yards per reception. He’s already becoming a dangerous weapon for the Lions’ offense.Luckily for Hockenson and the Lions, the team has a bye this upcoming Sunday. This will provide extra time for players to get healed up and ready to get back to action the following week.Detroit faces the Packers in week six. Hopefully, Hockenson will be on the field.last_img

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