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Rookie Malik Hooker's injury is another setback in his development

First-round pick Malik Hooker injured his hamstring during a conditioning drill Monday. Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire

INDIANAPOLIS -- The last thing the Indianapolis Colts need these days is another injured player on a roster that already features several hobbled stars.

Quarterback Andrew Luck. Defensive lineman Kendall Langford. Safety Clayton Geathers.

And now rookie safety Malik Hooker.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard announced Monday that Luck, Langford and Geathers would be placed on the physically unable to perform list. Many were caught by surprise, however, when the Colts sent out a release on Tuesday claiming Hooker, the team’s first-round pick, was placed on active PUP.

Hooker suffered a hamstring injury during a conditioning test Monday afternoon.

The former Ohio State standout downplayed the injury on Twitter when somebody asked how he was feeling.

Hooker will return to the field at some point, but this setback still hurts him. It also hurts Indianapolis.

The Colts want Hooker, who snagged seven interceptions last season at Ohio State, to be their Week 1 starter against the Los Angeles Rams. That might still be the case so long as he's healthy, but Hooker will continue to be behind when it comes to on-field work because he didn't participate in offseason workouts. The safety was recuperating from hernia surgery last winter, the result of an injury he suffered while at Ohio State.

The more time Hooker misses, the more catching up he'll have to do, which isn't good news for a defensive unit that is attempting to bounce back from several seasons of mediocrity.

The injuries to Hooker and Geathers (who will miss at least the first six games of the regular season while recovering from a neck injury) mean Darius Butler and Matthias Farley will likely continue to work with the first unit once training camp opens this weekend, just as they did during OTAs.