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Colts' Malik Hooker Diagnosed with Torn Achilles; Out for Season with Injury

Jenna CiccotelliContributor II

Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker (29) follows a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker has been diagnosed with a torn Achilles after leaving Sunday's 28-11 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, head coach Frank Reich confirmed on Monday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network first reported the diagnosis.

Rapoport noted Hooker will miss the rest of the season with the injury. Hooker's was the second injury of the afternoon for the Colts, who lost wide receiver Parris Campbell on the opening drive. 

The injury comes at a tough time for the Ohio State product, as the Colts declined his fifth-year option this spring. Hooker missed nine games during his rookie season with a torn MCL and ACL, but he has been a major piece of the Colts defense in the years that followed. Through three full seasons, Hooker started in 33 games, defending 11 passes with seven interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

He also missed the 2018 divisional-round game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a foot injury. 

In the Colts' Week 1 loss to Jacksonville, the 24-year-old added five tackles but gave up a touchdown on a pass that came his way.  

"It was more so like a motivation call for me," Hooker said when the Colts declined his option. "I have to go out there and prove myself type of thing. It is more so me having to show the consistency I had the majority of last year and show it more often." 

George Odum will step in for the Colts, per RotoWire

Hooker's injury is the latest blow to the Colts, who lost Campbell a week after star running back Marlon Mack was ruled out for the season with a torn Achilles. 

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