T.J. Hockenson remains in concussion protocol, but the Detroit Lions tight end is on track to return Monday night against the Green Bay Packers.
Hockenson has practiced without limitations every day this week, but Lions coach Matt Patricia said Friday that team doctors still haven’t fully cleared him to play.
“He was at practice yesterday, completed another day, then they check with the doctors and I think we got maybe one more day of that and then we’ll see where we go from there,” Patricia said. “Practicing, doing all those things, but the doctors, whatever the priority is, they practice and then they check him, and they practice and then they check him and go through until they’re all cleared.”
Hockenson suffered a concussion in the Lions’ Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs when he tried to hurdle safety Tyrann Mathieu and was spun hard to the ground by linebacker Damien Wilson.
Hockenson briefly lost consciousness on the play, but with the Lions on a bye last week, he might not miss any game action.
The NFL has a five-step concussion protocol that requires players to be cleared by both team doctors and an independent neurologist before they’re allowed to return to action.
The Lions are holding just a walk-through Friday but will practice again Saturday before leaving for Green Bay.
“We’ll take it day by day,” Patricia said when asked if he expects Hockenson to play. “It’s so unpredictable, obviously, with those situations, that’s why it’s hard to comment on them, really. I let the doctors kind of handle those situations.”
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Published at Fri, 11 Oct 2019 17:50:23 +0000