Former Lions Tight End T.J. Hockenson Suffers ACL, MCL Tear

The Detroit Lions celebrated clinching the NFC North title, but the Minnesota Vikings suffered a crucial loss and a major injury setback.

Star tight end T.J. Hockenson's season-ending ACL and MCL tear dealt a blow to the Vikings' playoff hopes.

Hockenson's stellar season, with career-high stats, was abruptly halted by the injury against his former team.

His absence leaves a significant void in the Vikings' offense and potentially impacts the start of his 2024 season.

Pass-rusher D.J. Wonnum also suffered a season-ending injury, compounding Minnesota's woes.

Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell expressed deep disappointment over the losses of Hockenson and Wonnum.

Both players were valued leaders on and off the field, leaving big shoes to fill for the team.

O'Connell emphasized the need for other players to step up in the absence of Hockenson and Wonnum.