Mack, who ruptured his right Achilles' tendon in Week 1, is slated to become a free agent this offseason, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports. Though GM Chris Ballard didn't rule out bringing Mack back in 2021, he acknowledged that the running back, who has worked hard to recover from his injury, "deserves a good contract. I don't know if we are going to be able to do that here." In Mack's absence this past season, Jonathan Taylor established himself as the Colts' top back, while Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins worked in change-of-pace/complementary roles. The trio remain under contract with the team next season.
The Colts placed Mack (Achilles) on injured reserve Wednesday. Mack is set to miss the remainder of the 2020 season after rupturing his right Achilles' tendon in the Colts' Week 1 loss to the Jaguars. The season-ending injury comes at an unfortunate time for Mack, an impending free agent who was hoping to play well in the final year of his rookie deal and potentially cash in this spring. With Mack out of the mix, rookie second-round pick Jonathan Taylor steps in as the Colts' top ball carrier, while Nyheim Hines could be in store for a heightened role as Indianapolis' top change-of-pace option out of the backfield. The Colts elevated receiver Daurice Fountain from the practice squad to take Mack's spot on the 53-man roster.
Mack underwent an MRI on Monday, the results of which confirmed a torn Achilles, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The severity of Mack's injury will no doubt cause him to miss the remainder of the 2020 season, leaving Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines in line to handle increased workloads out of the Indianapolis backfield. Mack, who compiled 1,091 rushing yards across 14 games in 2019, will lose the rest of his contract year. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
The Colts fear that Mack suffered a torn Achilles against the Jaguars on Sunday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. If that's the case, Mack -- who has an MRI on tap -- would obviously miss extended time, while Jonathan Taylor would presumably be next up to handle the Colts' early down work, with Nyheim Hines also in the mix for added carries on top of his pass-catching duties.
Mack (ankle) won't return to Sunday's game at Jacksonville, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports. Mack needed a cart to get off the field in the second quarter, and his right ankle injury will keep him sidelined for the rest of the contest. In Mack's stead, Nyheim Hines and rookie Jonathan Taylor will man the backfield for the Colts.
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