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Malik Hooker Out 4-6 Months With Injuries, According to Walter Football

Kevin Harrish's picture
February 1, 2017 at 1:49am

It appears Malik Hooker will be sidelined for a few months, forcing him to miss the NFL Scouting Combine, Ohio State's pro day and individual team workouts.

From WalterFootball.com

Every year in the NFL Draft, there are some top prospects who are held back by injury during the pre-draft process. This year, one of the top talents in the 2017 NFL Draft will be in that category, as WalterFootball.com has learned from NFL sources that Ohio State safety Malik Hooker will be out 4-6 months after having hernia and labrum surgery. 

Given the timetable of his recovery, Hooker won't be able to participate in the field workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine and may not be able to conduct other workouts later in the spring for teams prior to the draft. Thus, sources say that Hooker's combine medical recheck weeks before the draft will be very important for teams to gauge if there could be any projected impact on his availability for the start of training camp.  

The injuries aren't expected to put his rookie season in jeopardy, but it's possible his draft stock takes a hit. Still, it's hard to imagine he falls out of the first round. 

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