Hockenson Done For Season With Ankle Injury

The rookie will watch the final five games from the sideline.

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December 02, 2019 - 3:26 pm
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T.J. Hockenson opened his rookie season with a bang. 

And he'll end it on the sideline, as the Lions placed him on injured reserve Monday with an ankle injury. 

Hockenson suffered the injury on the final drive of the Lions' 24-20 loss to the Bears on Thanksgiving. He was driven to the locker room on a cart and later left the stadium in a walking boot. 

It's not yet clear if Hockenson will need surgery, Matt Patricia said Monday. 

Drafted eighth overall by Detroit, Hockenson caught 32 passes for 367 yards and two touchdowns over 12 games. A good chunk of that production came in his NFL debut when he caught six passes for 131 yards and a touchdown.

Over the next 11 games, he averaged just 2.4 catches for 21.5 yards. 

"Probably hard to summarize an entire year right now, but certainly a guy that was consistent from day one, someone who worked really hard," Patricia said. "I think he improved as the spring, training camp and the season went along. I think he worked really hard at his task and understanding the difference between the college game and the pro game, some of the different looks that he was going to see. Especially after early in the season with a lot of production and a lot of stats, things changed for him from that standpoint. I think he did a good job of changing some of his roles, kind of had a couple different roles from the tight end position.

"Something to hopefully build on. We know how important it is to make the jump from year one to year two, but for us and for him right now, it's day by day and trying to get better." 

Hockenson did pull down six catches Thursday against the Bears, but totaled just 18 yards. He finished the season playing about half of Detroit's offensive snaps.