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August 12, 2020 11:40 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Limitations expected pre-season
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Coach Dan Quinn said that Mack will have some limitations to his workload during training camp, Vaughn McClure of reports.

There isn't a specific injury to note here, as Mack will instead just be receiving some maintenance days periodically as he heads into his age-35 campaign. Mack dealt with an elbow injury in the first quarter of the 2019 regular season, but he ultimately played a full 16-game slate to extend his streak to five consecutive years without missing a start. As Mack works in and out of the rotation during the lead up to Week 1, rookie third-round draft pick Matt Hennessy will see more first-team reps before yielding the starting role to Mack in time for Atlanta's Week 1 matchup with Seattle.

May 28, 2020 07:56 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Returning to outside zone scheme
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Falcons are committing to using an outside-zone run scheme more extensively this season, after only dabbling in it the last three seasons since Kyle Shanahan left to coach the Niners, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The development encouraged Mack, who has thrived in the system before: "I think it's an emphasis of the whole offense to make sure that's something that we want to be really good at," Mack said. "So, in order to run the wide zone you have to have a full commitment of all of the guys on the field to make that work. It is a really powerful offense. It's something that we have a lot of experience with."

The Falcons averaged only 85.1 rushing yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry last season, and much of that struggle could be attributed to offensive line issues last year, though DeVonta Freeman's various injuries did not help. This development should be an encouraging factor for Todd Gurley's potential production.

May 6, 2020 08:04 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Honed in for upcoming season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mack is focusing on preparation for Atlanta's 2020 season and is "taking it one year at a time" after the Falcons drafted Matt Hennessy in the third round of April's draft, Vaughn McClure of reports.

The 34-year-old isn't in danger of losing his starting spot at center any time in the near future, having earned Pro Bowl nods in four of the past five seasons while starting in all 80 of his team's regular-season games during that span. Mack is, however, entering his 13th NFL campaign, and the Falcons are making preparations for his eventual departure. Mack is discounting no option at this point, but a decision on his future with the organization will have to be made at season's end, as his five-year, $45 million deal is set to expire in March.

January 26, 2020 01:24 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Durable once again during 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mack suited up for all 16 of the Falcons' games during 2019, allowing two sacks and committing nine penalties while playing 1,156 offensive snaps.

The 34-year-old center saw his streak of four consecutive Pro Bowl nominations come to an end during 2019, but he nevertheless continues to be a durable and formidable presence along the interior of Atlanta's offensive line. Since becoming a Falcon in 2016, Mack has suited up for all 53 of the team's regular-season and postseason games, and this year he played at least 98 percent of Atlanta's offensive snaps in 15 of 16 appearances. In 2020 Mack will play out the final frame of his five-year, $45 million contract at a cap hit of $10.5 million.

October 5, 2019 03:24 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Cleared to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mack (elbow) is not listed on the Falcons' injury report ahead of Sunday's game versus the Texans.

Mack's presence will be needed against a tough Texans defensive line. The veteran should take on his usual workload assuming he avoids any setbacks. Wes Schweitzer is the backup option should that happen, though for now all signs point toward Mack being close to full health.

October 4, 2019 07:40 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Upgraded to limited Thursday
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Mack (elbow) was a limited practice participant Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

The veteran center is trending in the right direction for Atlanta's upcoming Week 5 matchup against a Texans defense that wreaked havoc on the Panthers' offensive line Sunday, racking up three sacks on Kyle Allen and forcing three fumbles. Atlanta's offensive line has struggled in pass protection thus far in 2019, surrendering four-plus sacks in both Week 1 and Week 4. Having a team captain and six-time Pro Bowler in Mack active is crucial for the Falcons' chances of fending off the J.J. Watt-led Texans front.

October 3, 2019 06:56 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Misses Wednesday's practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mack (elbow) sat out the Falcons' practice session on Wednesday, per the team's official Twitter account.

The six-time Pro Bowl center sustained the injury during Sunday's loss to Tennessee but was able to return to action and garner 92 percent of Atlanta's offensive snaps. His presence in the lineup would be a huge benefit for a Week 5 matchup against the formidable Texans' front seven, with the Falcons looking to clean up pass protection after surrendering five sacks to the Titans on Sunday.

September 30, 2019 04:00 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Managing elbow injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mack suffered an elbow injury during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Titans, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Mack briefly exited Sunday's loss to have his elbow examined, but he retook the field without missing much time. Wednesday's first injury report of the week should shed some light on the veteran center's chances of suiting up Week 5 against the Texans.

November 10, 2018 02:36 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Full-go for practice
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Mack (back) was a full participant for Friday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

For a second straight week, Mack improved from a limited designation during Wednesday's session to full participation for Friday's practice. Mack appears to be in the clear for Atlanta's Week 10 matchup against Myles Garrett and a Browns defense that's racked up 22 sacks this season (tied for 14th). Now in his third year with the Falcons, Mack is taking on his former team for the first time since departing Cleveland in 2016 after seven years in the Browns organization.

November 2, 2018 12:00 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Upgraded to full practice participant
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mack (back) was a full participant for Thursday's practice after being limited for Wednesday's session, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Atlanta is relieved to get the anchor of its offensive line back healthy, with starting guards Andy Levitre (triceps) and Brandon Fusco (ankle) both on injured reserve. Mack is the foundational piece to a Falcons line that's struggled in opening up holes in the ground game (3.7 yards per rush attempt, third-worst in the NFL), but that has allowed just 20 sacks this season (16th-best in the league).

December 31, 2017 03:13 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Active Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mack (calf) is listed as active for Sunday's tilt against the Panthers.

Mack will suit up in Week 17, despite failing to participate in practice Thursday and Friday. If Mack were to re-injure his calf Sunday, Ben Garland could fill in at center.

December 30, 2017 11:44 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Questionable for Week 17
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mack (calf) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Mack fit in a limited practice Wednesday, only to sit out both Thursday and Friday. We'd expect Ben Garland to take over at center if he can't play.

December 28, 2017 02:56 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Nursing calf strain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mack (calf) won't practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

Head coach Dan Quinn said Mack strained his calf in practice Wednesday, per Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site. On the bright side, there doesn't seem to be any immediate concern over Mack's availability for Sunday's game against the Panthers, suggesting the strain could be minor in nature.

September 14, 2017 01:36 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Full participant Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mack (back) will be a full participant in practice Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

With a full return to practice Thursday, Mack should also be a full go for Sunday night's game against the Packers.

May 22, 2017 06:12 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Recovered from postseason leg injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mack has recovered from the broken fibula he sustained in the Falcons' 2016 postseason run, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Mack suffered a hairline fracture in his left fibula during the NFC championship game against the Packers, although the injury ultimately wasn't enough to keep him from taking part in the Super Bowl. Fortunately, he recovered in time for the start of the start of the Falcons' OTAs, which begin on May 30.

April 27, 2017 11:40 AM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Expected to be back for training camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mack (fibula) is expected to be at full strength for the beginning of training camp, Matt Winkeljohn of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Mack, who played through a fractured left fibula in Super Bowl LI, didn't require surgery to address the injury this offseason. He was presumably just in need of some extended time off to recover, and while he still figures to sit out spring workouts, Mack should be ready to resume his role as the team's starting center in 2017.

February 7, 2017 02:10 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Will not require offseason surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 6, 2017 09:10 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Set for surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mack (fibula) will require offseason surgery, ESPN reports.

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 Falcons' 2016 season officially in the books, he'll now go under the knife to repair the injury. However, it isn't clear if the recovery from which could affect Mack's availability for offseason activities.

February 5, 2017 06:50 PM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Active for Super Bowl LI
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mack (fibula) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl LI against the Patriots.

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 Falcons' starting center, there's some question about whether he'll be able to fulfill his array of assignments, especially in the ground game.

February 5, 2017 11:40 AM
Falcons' Alex Mack: Expects to play through broken fibula
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mack (fibula) is expected to play in Sunday's Super Bowl LI against the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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 Falcons' season wasn't on the line. In the end, Mack's ability to hold up will be one of pain tolerance, with his toughest task coming as a run blocker.


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