Lions' T.J. Hockenson remains in concussion protocol
Allen Park — After a scary moment at Ford Field on Sunday, Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia confirmed rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson remains in concussion protocol.
In the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs, Hockenson attempted to hurdle a defender after a reception, but was upended, landing hard on his shoulder and side of his head.
Video appears to show Hockenson losing consciousness as his arm stiffened before falling limp to his side. Medical personnel could be seen gently shaking Hockenson's chest for 20-30 seconds before he began to exhibit movement with his arm, all while several teammates and Patricia looked on.
Sideline cameras captured an emotional Patricia as he watched the scene unfold.
"Obviously, just think about that player at that time and that moment, just making sure they’re OK," Patricia said on Monday. "I care a lot about these guys. We spend a lot of time together. The part of the game you hate to see is when guys get hurt or guys are down on the ground like that.
"For me, the relationship is first and foremost, and you forget about the game in those moments and you just worry about the individual. That’s my only focus, just making sure he’s OK and making sure that he’s getting everything that he needs to at that point, from attention – our medical staff does a great job."
Patricia did confirm Hockenson's shoulder is not currently an injury concern, beyond the concussion.