Colts star running back Marlon Mack officially underwent surgery to repair a fractured hand this morning according to Ian Rapoport.
#Colts RB Marlon Mack had surgery on his fractured hand this morning, per coach Frank Reich. He’s out on Thursday, and then potentially a few weeks after that.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2019
According to Mack, he injured the hand on his last run of the day, a 20-yarder that made it down inside the 10. Rapoport went into more detail about the type of injury, specifying that it was a metacarpal fracture on his right hand.
Specifically, #Colts RB Marlon Mack broke a metacarpal in his right hand, a common fracture, source said. Had surgery this morning, then can come back with a splint.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2019
Any injury sustained Sunday was going to be tough to overcome on a short week, but this one will sideline Mack for this game and more, although Frank Reich was not offering a timetable for return.
The good news is that it does not sound as though they expect Mack to be finished for 2019, which means he could return should they keep themselves in contention. If Jonathan Williams, Jordan Wilkins, and Nyheim Hines get the kind of blocking performance that the offensive line was able to put together Sunday, they will be more than capable of filling in for Mack in his absence.
The weight of injuries is mounting for this Colts team, and they face their most critical game yet. If they can weather this storm, they are on the verge of getting back a couple key offensive pieces in the form of Devin Funchess and T.Y. Hilton. With those two back in the lineup and a healthy Marlon Mack, this is a much different offense.
In the meantime, the Colts will have to hope that Jonathan Williams’ breakout game was not a fluke and that he can be a big factor over the next few weeks.