In the midst of a career season, Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack will miss an unspecified amount of time after suffering a fracture in his hand on Sunday versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Colts confirmed on Monday.
It’s unclear at this point how much time Mack will miss. Colts coach Frank Reich said that Mack underwent surgery on Monday, but did not know of a timetable for his return. He is out for this Thursday’s game versus the Houston Texans, however Schefter reported that the injury is not thought to be season-ending.
A fourth-round pick in 2017, Mack has played in all 10 games this season, with eight starts. In just 14 carries versus Jacksonville he totaled 109 yards (7.8 YPC) and a first-quarter touchdown.
So far this season, Mack has 192 carries for 862 yards, and is on pace for over 1,300 rushing yards.
Last year he totaled 908 rushing yards, a significant improvement over the the 358 he had as a rookie.
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Mack, who currently leads the Colts with 862 rushing yards and seven scores on the ground, injured his hand early in the third quarter Sunday. It remains uncertain how the injury occurred.
“I felt like pain in my hand,” Mack said. “I didn’t want to risk it anymore after that. It was crazy. I broke the last tackle and I got pushed out of bounds. Life is a balancing act. It’s how you get back from it. Having to be patient with it.”
In Mack’s absence, the Colts will split carries between Jonathan Williams and Jordan Wilkins, Reich said. Nyheim Hines will operate as the team’s third-down tailback.
Williams, who entered Sunday’s matchup versus the Jaguars with only one rushing yard this season, ran for a career-high 116 yards. Wilkins missed the game because of an ankle injury.