Detroit Lions rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson will be placed on injured reserve, coach Matt Patricia announced Monday.
Hockenson injured his ankle during the Lions’ 24-20 loss to the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day. The 22-year-old was spotted in a protective boot after the game.
Selected with the eighth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, Hockenson enjoyed quite the debut with six catches for 131 yards and a touchdown in Detroit’s 27-27 season-opening tie against Arizona on Sept. 8.
Hockenson finishes the season with 32 receptions for 367 yards and two touchdowns for the Lions (3-8-1), who have Jesse James, Logan Thomas and Isaac Nauta as their other tight ends on the roster.