Mack (fibula) will not require offseason surgery, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
It was originally thought that Mack would require surgery on the chip fracture in his left fibula, but Falcons head coach Dan Quinn stated at his season-closing press conference Tuesday that the center would indeed avoid a procedure. Mack will still require time to recover after toughing out Sunday's Super Bowl and may or may not be healthy in time to participate in spring practices.
Mack didn't miss a snap in Sunday's Super Bowl despite a chip fracture in his left fibula, thanks in part to protective padding enclosing his lower leg. With the
On Sunday morning, Mack's lower-leg injury was clarified as a fractured left fibula, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. While Mack will attempt to handle his gig as the
During the NFC championship game versus the Packers, Mack required a stint on the sideline with what was initially termed an ankle injury. The ailment was soon clarified as a fibula issue, forcing him to sit out the first week of Super Bowl prep, but the center practiced in a limited capacity this week before emerging with no designation attached to his name. On Sunday morning, though, Schefter noted that while Mack will gut it out in the trenches, he would likely miss six to eight weeks if the
Mack (fibula) does not have an injury designation ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl against the Patriots.
Mack missed all of practice last week due to a fibula injury suffered during the NFC championship, but he was able to return in a limited capacity this week, clearing him of any concern going into Sunday. Although the timing of his injury is hardly ideal, Mack will still be available to start at his usual center spot, where he's played an instrumental part in Atlanta's offensive success this season.
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