Malik Hooker to Miss NFL Combine After Hernia and Labrum Surgeries

By Kevin Harrish on February 1, 2017 at 10:53a
Malik Hooker will reportedly miss 4-6 weeks with an injury.
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Malik Hooker's draft stock may have taken a hit a the former Buckeye ballhawk will be out for 4-6 months after undergoing hernia and labrum surgeries. Walter Football first reported the news.

Bleacher Report draft analyst Matt Miller confirmed the injury, adding Hooker played through the injuries late in the season and will miss the combine:

Before the injuries, Hooker was considered by many as the top safety in the NFL Draft and was a projected first-round pick after a breakout season in 2016. While the injuries are not expected to threaten his rookie season, his inability to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, Ohio State's pro day or individual team workouts could hurt his draft stock.

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