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T.J. Hockenson has no injury designation for Week 5 vs. Patriots

We break down the news that T.J. Hockenson has a hip injury. What it means for Week 5 and beyond.

T.J. Hockenson #88 of the Detroit Lions warms up before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Ford Field on October 02, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images

Friday update: Hockenson has been removed from the injury report and should be a full go against the Patriots. The Lions receivers are still pretty banged up, so the tight end should again see a healthy workload.

Thursday update: Hockenson was back at practice on Thursday, per Dave Birkett. Wednesday was likely more of a rest day after a heavy workload last week. He should play as usual.

The Detroit Lions are coming off an exciting shootout against the Seahawks, where they ended up losing 45-48. With such an intense matchup, it’s not that surprising that many players didn’t practice on Wednesday. One of those players was also one of the stars of that game, tight end T.J. Hockenson who didn’t practice due to a hip injury.

On Sunday Hockenson caught 8 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns, as he helped fill in for Amon-Ra St. Brown and D.J. Chark, who missed due to injuries. At this point we can expect Hockenson to play, as he finished Week 4’s game, but if he is still out on Thursday, it’s time to worry.

Fantasy football implications

It’s impossible to tell if Chark and St. Brown will play this week, but either way, Hockenson remains a strong fantasy tight end play. If he does end up missing, much will depend on who is actually healthy come Sunday.