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Colts elevate safeties Malik Hooker, Clayton Geathers to the active roster

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Great news today for a Colts defense that is pretty thin on experience and established playmakers in the secondary. The Colts announced this afternoon that Malik Hooker and Clayton Geathers have both been removed from the active/PUP list and are cleared to practice with the team immediately.

The value of getting their two starting safeties back cannot be overstated. We did not get a chance to see these two play together last season, but both have shown the ability to make plays, and the duo, if healthy, could be one of the better safety tandems in the league.

It would be reasonable to expect both players to be eased into practice, with Hooker especially likely to see a very cautious approach taken as he recovers from his torn ACL. Regardless, being able to get a look at the defense and get them reps as a part of the new scheme under Matt Eberflus will be a big lift.

Andrew Luck has had his way with the secondary so far, but it looks like he will resume throwing tomorrow morning with a much more dangerous group waiting for him.