TE Lions TJ Hockenson still suffer from ankle injury that ended rookie season

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Former Detroit Lions first-round pick TJ Hockenson ended his reserve rookie campaign injured with an ankle injury.

The problem persists for months later.

The tight toe told reporters on Monday that his ankle still wasn’t quite 100%, according to MLive’s Kyle Meinke.

Usually at this point in the year we mostly hear positive injury feedback early in training camp, so Hockenson’s injury from last season still lingers. Although he admits he is not in full health, the small group participate in training after leaving the reserve / COVID-19 list.

Like many tight ends in the past, Hockenson struggled as a rookie. After exploding onto the scene with 131 yards and one touchdown in his debut, the former Iowa Hawkeye compiled just 236 yards and one scoring in the next 11 games before being set aside for the season.

Detroit, which made Hockenson the 8th overall pick in 2019, is counting on the tight side to make a jump to sophomore. It will be more difficult if the ankle injury persists.

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