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    Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson has surgery to repair ACL in right knee


    T.J. Hockenson had surgery Monday to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the Vikings announced.

    The 26-year-old tight end tore the ACL and the medial collateral ligament in the knee after a hit from Lions safety Kerby Joseph in the Vikings’ Dec. 24 loss to Detroit at U.S. Bank Stadium. Surgery was delayed until the MCL, which did not require repair, could reach a stage of healing.

    The surgery was led by Dr. Neal ElAttrache from the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, and the Vikings termed it successful in a news release. The team did not immediately provide a timetable for when Hockenson could return to the field, but given the fact training camp begins in less than six months, the tight end could begin camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list while he continues his rehab.

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    Hockenson played the final part of the season despite injured ribs and had a career-high 95 catches for 960 yards. He signed a four-year contract extension worth $66 million Aug. 31.

    The former Iowa star was the eighth overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft by Detroit, which traded him to the Vikings in November 2022 for draft picks. The Lions used one of those picks, a second-rounder, to take Iowa tight end Sam LaPorta in the 2023 draft. LaPorta had 86 receptions as the Lions won the NFC North and later advanced to the NFC Championship Game.



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