Report: Atlanta Falcons All-Pro C Alex Mack will play Super Bowl with fracured fibula
The NFL’s most diverse offense could be severely limited in Super Bowl 51.
Alex Mack, the Falcons’ second-team All-Pro center and arguably the best signing by any team last offseason, will battle Sunday through a fractured left fibula he sustained in the NFC title game 14 days ago, according to ESPN. The report indicates Mack’s injury, if it occurred during the regular season, would typically require a 6-8 week recovery period.
Mack missed just one snap after suffering the injury in the second quarter vs. Green Bay.
Mack’s arrival preceded Atlanta’s historic offensive season, wherein the Falcons finished first in scoring, second in yards and fifth in rushing. ESPN indicates Atlanta thinks Mack will hold up OK in pass protection, but its multiple run game, bogged down this postseason but reliant on everything from power to counters to inside and outside zone, is a concern.
Mack, who was limited in practice this week after missing all of last week, has started 16 games in seven of eight seasons. He suffered a broken fibula in 2014, sidelining him for the final 11 games and requiring a plate insertion that is directly below the current injury and may have stabilized what ESPN’s source referred to as a “chip fracture.”
Mack, as ESPN points out, is expected to join Terrell Owens, Charles Woodson and Jack Youngblook, among others on the list of players who’ve played in the Super Bowl through serious injuries.