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T.J. Hockenson doubtful to play in Week 14 vs. Broncos

We break down the news that Hockenson was not at the start of Thursday’s practice.

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T.J. Hockenson of the Detroit Lions plays against the Minnesota Vikingsat Ford Field on December 05, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan.
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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.

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.

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.