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Campbell: T.J. Hockenson has a “chance” to play in Week 5

T.J. Hockenson is dealing with a knee injury going into his Week 5 game against the Vikings.

Detroit Lions v Chicago Bears
T.J. Hockenson of the Detroit Lions runs after a catch against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 03, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 24-14.
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Friday update: Head coach Dan Campbell tells reporters that T.J. Hockenson has a “chance” to play in Week 5, per Dave Birkett. “Chance” doesn’t sound as hopeful as we’d like, but Campbell could also seems to be conservative when talking about injuries.

Thursday update: T.J. Hockenson returned to practice on Thursday and got in a limited designation. This sets him up to be taken off the injury report for Week 5 if he can get in a full practice on Friday.

The Detroit Lions are looking to grab their first win of the 2021 NFL season when they travel to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions need all hands on deck to claim a win, so it’s concerning for them that tight end T.J. Hockenson did not practice Wednesday with a knee injury. Hockenson is the top receiving option on the team and has developed a strong connection with quarterback Jared Goff.

Fantasy football implications

This is a double whammy for fantasy managers, given the lack of consistent tight end options. Hockenson had a favorable matchup in this game as well, so a replacement player is not likely to deliver the same value. It’s only Wednesday, so there’s a chance the tight end does take the field later this week and eventually suits up for Sunday’s contest. Hockenson has 215 yards and two touchdowns through four games this year.