Lions' T.J. Hockenson trending toward playing vs. Packers
Allen Park — The healing period for a concussion can be tricky to project because it isn't always linear, but heading into the weekend, it appears Detroit Lions rookie T.J. Hockenson is on course to return to action for Monday night's game against the Green Bay Packers.
The Lions didn't practice on Friday, opting to conduct a walk-through. Because of that decision, the team was only required to project its practice participation. In that estimation, Hockenson was listed as a full participant.
"He was at practice (Thursday), completed another day and then they check with the doctors, and I think we have maybe one more day of that," Lions coach Matt Patricia said. "Then we’ll see where we go from there, but (he's) practicing and doing all those things."
Hockenson did briefly appear in the locker room after practice, confirming he still wasn't cleared to talk. That indicates he officially remains in concussion protocol with one practice remaining before Monday.
Also on Detroit's projected practice report, defensive tackles A'Shawn Robinson (knee) and Da'Shawn Hand were listed as limited participants a day after both had been sidelined. That provides some optimism for a defense running dangerously short on interior linemen.
Including Mike Daniels, who remains out with a foot injury, the team was down three of its top four options at one point this week.
For the Packers, star wide receiver Davante Adams continues to be sidelined with turf toe and is likely to miss Monday's game. In the one game he played against the Lions a year ago, he torched Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay to the tune of nine catches for 140 yards and a touchdown.
Adams also missed last week's game against the Cowboys. Without him, quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed just four passes to his available wide receivers, netting a total of 55 yards.