Mack was a great player last season as a rookie for the Colts. It was revealed today that he played the entire season with an injury.
Marlon Mack was very good as a rookie last year. He showed a lot of potential and showed he can be a dynamic player with the ball in his hands. But apparently he did all of that with an injury. It was revealed today that he played all of last year with an injured shoulder.
Mack apparently hurt it during training camp last year and played through the pain the entire season. He had surgery in the offseason as soon as last year concluded and is now good to go. He says his shoulder feels much better, and he is at full strength.
Playing through an injury is always a tough thing for players to do. But this particular injury had to have been hard to play through. As a running back, you are constantly lowering your shoulders as you run through holes. You take a beating on that part of your body.
For Mack to be able to deal with the punishment on that injured shoulder and be as effective as he was is very impressive. Now the Colts have an exciting prospect. Mack was very good with an injury; imagine how much better he will be now that he is completely healthy.
Mack was handed the keys to the backfield once Frank Gore left. So now Mack is the unquestioned starter and will get a larger role within the offense. Having that expanded role should vastly increase his numbers, as should his added effectiveness now that he is healthy.
Frank Reich and the rest of the Colts have to be salivating at what Mack can bring to the offense when fully healthy. He is going to have a big year.