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Lions receiver Tyrell Williams in concussion protocol

9/14/2021 2:20:11 PM
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In the first week of the regular season, the Detroit Lions lost their starting left tackle for at least three weeks and their No. 1 corner for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

On top of those two blows, the team's top wideout, Tyrell Williams, is in concussion protocol after absorbing a big hit in the season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports. 

Williams was running a go route from the left slot in the third quarter when he took a helmet-to-helmet shot from 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt simultaneous to the arrival of the pass from quarterback Jared Goff.

Williams stayed down for a minute before exiting the field. Tartt was assessed a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty for hitting a defenseless receiver. 

With Williams out, the Lions leaned more heavily on their four active receivers, which included rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown and Trinity Benson, who had been acquired from Denver in a trade eight days earlier. 

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