With the team’s playoff hopes slipping away in recent weeks, the Indianapolis Colts could receive a major boost to their offense this Sunday. After missing the past few games due to a broken hand, Marlon Mack is nearing a return to the gridiron.
Indianapolis has used a trio of running backs to fill the void left behind by Mack. Jonathan Williams, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins have all received snaps out of the backfield.
The Colts have lost back-to-back games against divisional opponents, dropping them to third in the AFC South. Another loss this weekend would most likely derail any chance of them making the postseason.
Fortunately for head coach Frank Reich, the offense could have its top tailback on the field.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Colts expect to have Mack at practice this Wednesday. They also believe there’s a strong chance he suits up on Sunday.
Since he’s dealing with a hand injury, the team will have to monitor his ball security and ability to shed tackles.
Running back news: The #Lions got RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) back at practice from Injured Reserve, and he’s eligible to return Week 16. … The #Colts got RB Marlon Mack (hand) back at practice and he may play this week.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 4, 2019
Mack is having another strong campaign for the Colts with 862 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He should go over 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career if he remains healthy over the next four games.
The coaching staff will have a better understanding of where Mack is at in his recovery during today’s practice.
We’ll provide an update on Mack’s status when it’s available.