Malik Hooker returns to field Tuesday, taking another step in his rehab

Colts safety Malik Hooker was on the field Tuesday for the first time in his recovery from a major knee injury, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan reports. Video shows Hooker back pedaling and cutting, another step in his rehab.

He will miss the entire offseason program for a second year. Last season, Hooker needed surgeries to repair a torn labrum and a hernia.

It took rock bottom and a 2-14 record in 2010 for the Panthers to make the change from Fox to Rivera. Although the latter was extended through 2020 earlier this offseason, seasons eight and nine were already critical for Rivera in a difficult division and a loaded NFC. Needing to further prove himself under Tepper raises that temperature.

The general manager who worked with Fox, Marty Hurney, is back and also signed through 2020. Before the end of his first stint as Panthers GM, Hurney drafted the team’s two transcendent talents, quarterback Cam Newton and linebacker Luke Kuechly.

Brady has regularly participated in New England’s voluntary OTAs in the past, though he has been missing from the team’s offseason program so far this spring.

Brady, who turns 41 in August, has been linked to numerous retirement rumors but maintained he wants to play football until his mid-40s. He committed to playing the 2018 season last month and said in a recent interview that wife Gisele Bundchen has permitted him to play two more seasons.

“I do not like imposing any club-specific rules. If somebody (on the Jets) takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest.

“There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.ravens_156

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