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Malik Hooker Takes Next Step In ACL Rehab

On Tuesday, Malik Hooker got back to field work in his recovery from an ACL injury last October.

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INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, one very important Colts player took a major step forward in his injury recovery process.

No, it wasn’t Andrew Luck.

But it was Malik Hooker, as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered last fall.

Hooker was on the field Tuesday for the first time in his ACL recovery, doing some back pedaling, cutting and breaking in different directions.

This was a positive step that Hooker had mentioned was on the horizon when he met the media last month.

There are still some definite hurdles for Hooker to clear before he returns fully to the practice field, and then be cleared for game action.

Hooker tore his ACL and MCL on Oct. 22, in a Week 7 loss to the Jaguars.

So, given Hooker playing a very quick twitch position, projecting normal ACL recovery would have the young safety iffy for the 2018 preseason.

It remains to be seen just how active Hooker will be during the month of August and if he will have to miss any regular season action.

This is Hooker’s second offseason spent in the training room. He will once again miss an entire spring offseason program of on-field reps.

Despite that last year, Hooker showed off his impressive instincts during the first half of his rookie campaign.

But that came to a screeching halt in late October.

Obviously, Luck’s rehab schedule has keen interest this time of year, but Hooker’s recovery is one to watch as well with so much newness on the defensive side of the ball.

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