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Report: Malik Hooker To Miss Combine After Surgery To Repair Torn Labrum

Malik Hooker played his final two games with a torn labrum and a hernia.

According to a report from Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, Malik Hooker suffered a torn labrum and a hernia during the 2016 season. Despite those injuries, Hooker played against Michigan and Clemson. Not only did he play, but he played well.

The Ohio State star declared for the NFL Draft earlier this year and is expected to be an early first-round selection. Missing the Combine could hurt his stock, but he showed enough during his final year with the Buckeyes to warrant a high selection.

The fact Hooker displayed immense toughness by playing through the pain in those final two games should show NFL scouts what he is all about. Hooker dominated during his time with the Buckeyes, and should transition well to the next level.

Earlier this year, Kirk Herbstreit said he thought Hooker would have the most success in the NFL out of any other Ohio State player entering the NFL this year.