T.J. Hockenson
TE DET (6)
Tue 4/26/22 7:23 PM

The Lions officially exercised Hockenson's (thumb) fifth year option for 2023 on Tuesday, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
General manager Brad Holmes indicated in late March the Lions would be picking up the option, and the team made that transaction official Tuesday. A long-term deal could still come to fruition, but Hockenson is now under contract for the next two years. The 24-year-old caught 61 of 84 targets for 583 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games in 2021 before undergoing season-ending thumb surgery. There hasn't been any concern regarding his availability for offseason workouts during the spring and summer.

T.J. Hockenson
TE DET (6)
Wed 3/30/22 3:45 PM

General manager Brad Holmes confirmed Tuesday that the Lions will pick up the fifth-year option on Hockenson's (thumb) contract, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
EDGE Analysis
Expect the Lions to formally make the decision before the May 2 deadline, though it's possible that Hockenson could agree to a long-term deal before then. In any case, the Lions don't seem to have any concern that the tight end's season-ending thumb injury will affect his availability for offseason workouts this spring and summer.

T.J. Hockenson
TE DET (6)
Wed 1/19/22 12:46 PM

Hockenson (thumb) recently said he'll be healthy for the start of the Lions' offseason program, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. "I'm almost there already, and it's only been a few weeks," Hockenson said. "Just a few more left, and I'll be 100 percent by the offseason."
EDGE Analysis
The tight end had surgery on his left thumb in mid-December, thus wrapping up the 2021 season with a 61-583-4 receiving line in 12 games (84 targets, 7.0 per week). Hockenson now enters the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, though the Lions presumably will exercise his fifth-year team option before the May 2 deadline. He should retain breakout appeal as he enters his age-25 season, especially if the Lions upgrade at other positions this spring. Hockenson is one of the core pieces of Detroit's rebuild and a true three-down tight end.

T.J. Hockenson
TE DET (6)
Fri 12/17/21 7:30 PM

Hockenson (thumb) was placed on injured reserve Friday.
EDGE Analysis
The 24-year-old tight end had season-ending surgery Thursday on his left thumb, wrapping up 2021 with 61 catches for 583 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games (84 targets). Hockenson should have plenty of time to recover before the offseason program, while Shane Zylstra and Brock Wright are left to take over at tight end for the final four weeks of the 2021 campaign.

T.J. Hockenson
TE DET (6)
Thu 12/16/21 1:36 PM

Hockenson had season-ending surgery on his left thumb Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
The first inclination that Hockenson may be dealing with a serious injury was last Thursday, when he was spotted with a heavy wrap on his left hand. He eventually was deemed doubtful for Week 14 action and inactive Sunday in Denver. Upon returning to Detroit earlier this week, coach Dan Campbell relayed hope that Hockenson would be able to play Week 15, but the ensuing procedure will bring his campaign to an abrupt conclusion, with the expectation he'll complete his recovery by the offseason program. Hockenson will end his third season as a pro with 61 catches (on 84 targets) for 583 yards and four touchdowns in 12 appearances. The Lions will turn to Brock Wright and practice squad member Shane Zylstra at tight end down the stretch.

T.J. Hockenson
TE DET (6)
Thu 12/16/21 1:16 PM

Hockenson (hand) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
EDGE Analysis
Since turning in a limited session last Wednesday due to a left hand injury, Hockenson hasn't taken any reps in any of the Lions' subsequent four practices. He was listed as doubtful before being placed on the inactive list for last week's loss to the Broncos, and unless he gets back on the field in some capacity Friday, Hockenson will likely carry a designation into this weekend's contest against Arizona, if he's not ruled out beforehand. Backup tight ends Shane Zylstra (63 percent of offensive snaps, six targets) and Brock Wright (55 percent, five targets) saw similar workloads and involvement in the passing game while Hockenson was sidelined in Denver.

T.J. Hockenson
TE DET (6)
Wed 12/15/21 12:06 PM

Hockenson (hand) won't practice Wednesday, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Hockenson couldn't suit up for Detroit's Week 14 loss to Denver, and though head coach Dan Campbell said he's "hopeful" the tight end will return for Week 15, Burke theorizes that Hockenson is trending in the wrong direction. In any case, Hockenson will almost certainly need to return to practice in at least a limited fashion by Friday to have a shot at suiting up in Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

T.J. Hockenson
TE DET (6)
Tue 12/14/21 9:29 AM

Coach Dan Campbell said Monday he's "hopeful" Hockenson (hand) will be available for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
EDGE Analysis
Campbell said the same of D'Andre Swift (shoulder), so it looks like it's possible both of Detroit's top offensive weapons could be back on the field versus Arizona. In the event that Hockenson needs more time to rest, however, undrafted rookie Brock Wright and Shane Zylstra (also undrafted in 2020) will once again be called upon to hold down the fort at tight end.

T.J. Hockenson
TE DET (6)
Sun 12/12/21 2:36 PM

Hockenson (hand) is inactive for Sunday's game at Denver.
EDGE Analysis
After opening Week 14 prep with a limited session, Hockenson didn't practice at all Thursday and Friday. In the process, he was seen Thursday with a heavy wrap on his left hand, an injury that will force his first absence since the 2019 season finale. With Hockenson sidelined, the Lions will trot out undrafted rookie Brock Wright and practice squad member Shane Zylstra at tight end.

T.J. Hockenson
TE DET (6)
Fri 12/10/21 4:19 PM

Hockenson (hand) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in Denver, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Hockenson was a limited practice participant Wednesday before sitting out Thursday and Friday, with Detroit beat reporters noticing a heavy wrap over his left hand. The Lions are woefully thin for the upcoming contest, with around half the roster missing practice time this week due to some combination of injuries, a flu bug and COVID-19. With Hockenson likely missing the upcoming game, Brock Wright figures to step in as Detroit's top tight end.