Colts Notebook: Malik Hooker Misses Entire Week Of Practice, Questionable For Saturday

Colts Notebook: Malik Hooker Misses Entire Week Of Practice, Questionable For Saturday

Blog > Kevin's Corner > Colts Coverage > Colts Notebook: Malik Hooker Misses Entire Week Of Practice, Questionable For Saturday

Colts Notebook: Malik Hooker Misses Entire Week Of Practice, Questionable For Saturday

The Colts had their final practice of the week on Thursday. What does the team’s final injury report of the week look like?

Zach Bolinger | Getty Images


INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts have ruled just one player out for Saturday’s Divisional Round matchup with the Chiefs, but there are a couple of key injury statuses involving guys who missed the entire week of practice.

Both DL-Tyquan Lewis (knee) and S-Malik Hooker (foot) missed both practices this week, yet neither were ruled out by Frank Reich on Thursday.

Only WR-Ryan Grant (toe) will definitely miss Saturday’s contest.

Here is a notebook look at the Colts’ final practice of the week:

  • Hooker (left foot) did not practice this week and is trying to join T.Y. Hilton as the only players to miss an entire week of practice this season and still play that week for the Colts. Hooker injured his foot in the first half of the win over the Texans. The second-year safety missed just 5 snaps in playing through the injury last Saturday. Hooker was wearing a boot on his left foot earlier in the week. One would think he tries to give it a go this weekend, but the Colts really need him full-go, given how much Kansas City wants to push the ball down the field. Plus, at safety, you have Mike Mitchell now on IR, so the safety depth is already a bit depleted. Hooker is officially listed as questionable for Saturday.
  • It was a bit of a surprise to see Lewis (knee) not ruled out, but he's doubtful, which likely means he will be inactive come Satuday. He hasn’t practiced in two weeks since getting hurt in the season finale victory in Nashville. If Lewis somehow did play on Saturday, he would have to be on a pitch count.
  • Denico Autry (shoulder) returned to practice on Thursday and should be good to go for Saturday, even though he's listed as questionable..
  • T.Y. Hilton (ankle) didn’t practice this week, marking the third straight week he has missed all of practice. Hilton has practiced just twice in the last 6 weeks. During that span, Hilton has still recorded at least 60 receiving yards in each game. Hilton said earlier this week is ankle is feeling better and we will see how it responds to the hard grass in Kansas City. Hilton is no longer on the injury report. He will play Saturday.
  • Signs of me being a loser and getting old? I watched 3 different weather forecasts from Kansas City TV stations on Thursday morning. What did I find? Temps are expected to be around 32-to-36 degrees at kickoff, with a chance for some lingering snow in the Kansas City area. Although the winds aren’t expected to be very high (which is something that could really be a factor). The more the wind blows, the better for the Colts, with KC wanting to air it out. It sounds weird to say, but this Colts team is definitely more equipped to handle adverse weather conditions.
  • What does Frank Reich think about the weather for Saturday? "I’ve looked at it," Reich said after Thursday's final practice of the week. "But I don’t think I’ve talked to the team about it the whole week. Somebody asked me earlier, ‘Maybe you guys want bad weather. That would favor you guys because maybe you can run it.’ I try to stay to the mindset of, no matter the weather, it’s to the advantage to the best team. I just believe that travels and that’s the way to approach it. I literally think whatever the weather is, it favors the best team.”
  • Reich had Tony Dungy speak to the Colts following Wednesday’s practice. Dungy was in Indy shooting a segment with Darius Leonard for NBC’s pre-game coverage on Saturday. What did Dungy have to say to the Colts? “He just said a few words to us after (practice),” Reich said of the Halll of Fame coach who hired him in Indy as an intern back in 2006. “It was great to have him out there. For me personally, with him giving me my first coaching job. His words to the team were, ‘Proud of you guys. Have enjoyed watching you get better the whole year and just keep it going.’"
  • A theme from Wild Card weekend was all three first-time playoff quarterbacks losing. Lamar Jackson (Ravens), Mitch Trubisky (Bears) and Deshaun Watson (Texans) all lost at home in their first career postseason start. Well, Saturday is the first playoff start for Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs). Will Mahomes have any jitters on a bigger stage? First-time starting QBs in the postseason have lost 12 of their past 15 starts.
  • The Colts are looking to become the first No. 6 seed since 2010 to make the Conference Championship game. Since the 12-team playoff format started in 1990, only five No. 6 seeds have ever won two road games in the playoffs. Two of those five went on to win the Super Bowl: 2010 Packers, 2005 Steelers.
  • The bye week sent some good news for the Chiefs in the health department. Running back Spencer Ware and wide receiver Sammy Watkins all returned to practice for the Chiefs this week. Watkins (foot) hasn’t played since Week 11. Ware (hamstring) hasn’t played since Week 14. But safety Eric Berry (heel) did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday. All three guys are key contributors, when healthy. All three are questionable for Saturday.

 

FINAL INJURY REPORT

 

OUT: WR-Ryan Grant (toe)

 

-Bowen’s Analysis: This will be Grant’s second game missed after injuring his toe in the regular season finale in Nashville.

 

DOUBTFUL: DL-Tyquan Lewis (knee)

 

-Bowen’s Analysis: In today’s NFL, a ‘doubtful’ designation usually means OUT.

 

QUESTIONABLE: DL-Denico Autry (shoulder), S-Malik Hooker (foot)

 

-Bowen’s Analysis: Autry practiced on Thursday, which is a good sign for him playing Saturday.

 

The following players were on the injury report earlier this week but have since been removed: TE-Eric Ebron (hip), S-Clayton Geathers (knee), WR-T.Y. Hilton (ankle), WR-Dontrelle Inman (shoulder/finger), LB-Darius Leonard (shoulder/ankle), DE-Jabaal Sheard (knee), S-J.J. Wilcox (ankle).

Colts Coverage
With Training Camp about to start for the Colts, are there any remaining contract extensions to get done?
Colts Coverage
When Frank Reich looks at his current 90-man roster, one position sticks out as the toughest to cut down in 2019. What is that position?
Colts Coverage
Our burning questions series is back on 1070TheFan.com. What are the major questions about the special teams of the Indianapolis Colts going into the 2019 Training Camp?
Colts Coverage
Bobby Ellis | Getty Images The Peter King Podcast launched today under the new NBC Sports/Football Morning In...
Colts Coverage
Here are comments from Andrew Luck and Nick Siranni on head coach Frank Reich. Plus, what does Reich have on his mind going into his second season as head coach of the Colts.