Colts Thursday Notebook: Malik Hooker Returns To Practice

Colts Thursday Notebook: Malik Hooker Returns To Practice

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Colts Thursday Notebook: Malik Hooker Returns To Practice

On Thursday, the Colts had their third practice of the week. What did we learn from the Colts hitting the practice field again?

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INDIANAPOLIS – Fall weather has descended upon Indianapolis.

 

It comes during a week when the Colts (3-2) face the top team in the division in Week 7. The Colts will play their second divisional game of the season on Sunday afternoon, when the Texans (4-2) come to Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

Here are some tidbits from Thursday’s practice:

 

  • For the first time in nearly a month, S-Malik Hooker (knee) was participating in practice on Thursday. This was the original plan that Frank Reich set out on Wednesday, with Hooker not practicing Wednesday, and then testing things out on Thursday. Hooker’s return to practice doesn’t guarantee that he will play against the Texans. Officially, Hooker was ‘limited’ at Thursday’s practice. During the open media portion of practice, Hooker was mainly working with members of the athletic training/rehab staff. The Colts are going to be cautious with Hooker. He will likely need to be ‘full’ at Friday’s final practice for him to play on Sunday.

 

  • Thursday marked a third straight missed practice for starting cornerbacks Kenny Moore (knee) and Pierre Desir (hamstring). They are, obviously, very important names to watch at Friday’s final practice of the week. Let’s not forget, Moore and Desir both got hurt early in the Kansas City game, missed a small amount of time in that game, and then returned to the game and finished. But those injuries have now lingered and forced each player to miss the first two ‘official’ practices of the week. Right now, the Colts have 4 ‘healthy’ corners on the roster, and 3 of them are rookies (Rock Ya-Sin, Marvell Tell, Shakial Taylor and then third-year corner Quincy Wilson). If the Colts need a corner from the practice squad this week, they do have 6-2 Deante Burton available to promote. Ironically, Burton played 2 games for the Texans last season.

 

  • The injured Kemoko Turay was in the locker room on Thursday, with a cast on his broken and dislocated ankle. A deltoid fracture and a torn ligament had to be repaired for Turay. The loss of Turay is significant for the Colts. As a bending, speed rusher, Turay brings a unique skillset to the edge rushing role. On Thursday, Turay expressed obvious disappointment with his season coming to an end, especially considering the arrow was pointing up on his development. Turay said Chris Ballard had texted him after the practices leading into the Kansas City game, saying that the young rusher had just had an ‘unbelievable practice, keep doing what you’re doing.’ Turay’s confidence was growing that he could become an every-down player up front. In his rookie season, Turay did not always meet the high standard of practice level from Matt Eberflus. That wasn’t the case in 2019. “Once you get the feedback, you might think you are doing good, maybe you are doing good, but once your bring it to a whole ‘nother level, there’s no limit to what each individual player has,” Turay expressed on Thursday. “Once you unlock that ability and skills, as you keep practicing and stuff, you start to realize you have more in you and you start believing in yourself and in the things that you can do. That’s what happened (in the practices) leading up to the Kansas City game.”

 

  • Justin Houston met the media on Thursday and talked about what the Colts will miss the most about not having Kemoko Turay opposite the veteran defensive end. “His athleticism,” Houston said of Turay. “He makes awkward plays in awkward positions.” When third down rolls around for the Colts on Sunday will it be Ben Banogu joining Houston, Denico Autry and Jabaal Sheard in the team’s rush package?

 

  • Houston mentioned on Thursday about the different game plan that’s needed to stop the Texans offense, compared to Kansas City. The read option aspect from the Texans does make the schematic keys of the Colts different this week in trying to stop a top-10 rushing offense. From a pass rushing standpoint, Houston has seen the Texans offensive line start to play better, as Watson hasn’t been sacked in each of the last two weeks. “I think they are just on the same page,” the Colts defensive end said on Thursday. “They had a bunch of new pieces up front, so it just took time for them to know each other. You bring in a left tackle (Laremy Tunsil) the first week of the season, so they didn’t have a chance to work together at all. I think it’s just getting comfortable with one another and knowing each other. I think they are starting to gel.”

 

  • On Wednesday, T.Y. Hilton mentioned the clown mask is gone for good. And while Hilton has torched the Texans throughout his career, the perennial Pro Bowl wideout is in a bit of a drought. Including the playoffs, Hilton has gone 7 straight games without a 100-yard outing. That’s the longest stretch of his career. Clearly, the major run emphasis from the Colts is impacting the chunk play production of Hilton.

 

 

  • All the saga around Antonio Brown and his helmet back in the preseason has forced Adam Vinatieri to change his headgear. Vinny has worn three different helmets/facemasks this year. League safety regulations forced Vinny to change his helmet. Starting with the Raiders game back in Week 4, Vinny has settled on a new helmet that he says isn’t too different from the one he had worn for years.

 

  • Remember veteran safety Mike ‘Pops’ Adams? The guy is still playing football and will be on the visiting sideline this weekend. At 38 years old, Adams is the oldest defensive player in the NFL. His 16th NFL season began when the Texans signed him a few weeks back. Adams was a savior for the Colts when he played in Indy from 2014-16. The Colts first signed him in mid-June, believing he would be a camp body. But he eventually not only became a starter for the Colts, but he earned 2 Pro Bowl nods. Once Chris Ballard took over in early 2017, the tenure for Adams with the Colts came to an end, as the Colts were looking to get younger on defense. Clayton Geathers is the only defender remaining from the Adams’ era. Geathers says he still keeps in contact with Adams and he is in shock that the ‘OG’ is still playing, some 16 years after being undrafted.

 

  • The Colts will practice one more time on Friday this week, before Sunday’s kickoff at 1:00 PM.

 

 

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT

 

DNP: WR-Parris Campbell (abdominal), CB-Pierre Desir (hamstring), DT-Tyquan Lewis (ankle), CB-Kenny Moore (knee), TE-Eric Ebron (illness), DE-Justin Houston (calf)

 

            -Bowen Analysis: It’s looking like Campbell and Lewis will miss another week. That will be 3 straight games missed for Lewis, and 2 in a row for Campbell. Ebron and Houston are new additions to the injury report.

 

LIMITED: S-Malik Hooker (knee)

 

            -Bowen Analysis: The Hooker update is above.

 

FULL: S-Clayton Geathers (rest), LB-Zaire Franklin (hamstring)

 

            -Bowen Analysis: Geathers and Franklin both progressed to full-time participants on Thursday.

 

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