Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker -- Photo: All Pro Reels

After losing starting running back Marlon Mack to a season-ending injury in Week 1, the Indianapolis Colts were dealt another blow, this time to their defense.

Veteran safety Malik Hooker suffered a season-ending torn Achilles injury in Sunday’s game against Minnesota Vikings, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Hooker was in the final year of his rookie contract and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

This is now the second significant lower-body injury that the 24-year-old defensive back has had to deal with. As a rookie in 2017, Hooker only played in seven games as he tore both his ACL and MCL.

However, he bounced back over the last two seasons, playing in a total of 27 games. Over that time, Hooker produced 91 combined tackles, seven pass deflections, and four interceptions.


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  • Second-year wide receiver Parris Campbell suffered a PCL injury that will keep him out of game action indefinitely, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The speedy wideout left Sunday’s game in the first quarter. Campbell was expected to play a major role in the Colts’ offense this season. In Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he had six receptions (nine targets) for 71 yards.
  • With Marlon Mack out for the rest of the season, Nyheim Hines became an instant waiver addition in fantasy football, especially after what he did in Week 1. But rookie running back Jonathan Taylor played 66 percent of snaps and ran more routes than Hines on Sunday, writes Andrew Erickson of Pro Football Focus. While this might be a cause for concern, Erickson points out that Hines could be used often next week against a pedestrian Jets’ pass defense.
  • Free-agent wide receiver Marcus Johnson is visiting the Colts on Monday (h/t Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated). Johnson was released earlier this month by Indianapolis as teams were cutting their rosters down to 53 players. Last season with the Colts, the 6’1″ wideout had 17 receptions for 277 yards and two touchdowns.

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