The Indianapolis Colts, who find themselves in the fight for a spot in the AFC playoffs heading into the home stretch of the season, got a bit of discouraging news in the form of an injury on Monday.
Marlon Mack, the team’s leading rusher in the 2019 season, is expected to be out for an indefinite amount of time due to hand surgery.
Mack underwent surgery on Monday in order to fix an injury that occurred during the Colts’ 33-13 win on Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars. After rushing for a large gain, he was forced out of bounds by a tackler and immediately felt pain in his right hand.
The 23-year-old running back was diagnosed with a fractured metacarpal bone after undergoing X-rays.
Mack’s absence will be felt by the 6-4 Colts, who have seen their 2017 4th round draft pick rush for 862 yards and 7 touchdowns on the season. He has been a consistent force in the backfield for a team that has managed to overcome the preseason retirement of Andrew Luck to find itself in playoff position.
Jonathan Williams and Jordan Wilkins are expected to shoulder the load of carries during the starting running back’s recovery from surgery.