Insiders Jim Ayello and Joel A. Erickson discuss the Indianapolis Colts loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack is out indefinitely after tearing his Achilles in Sunday’s season-opening loss to Jacksonville, a person familiar with the injury told the USA TODAY Network. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose details of the injury.
An MRI Monday confirmed what the Colts hoped wasn’t true after Mack exited the game in Jacksonville: their 1,000-yard rusher from 2019 suffered a potential season-ending Achilles tendon injury. Mack will undergo surgery in the near future, the person said.
For Mack, the timing couldn’t have been worse. The fourth-year running back was playing in a contract season. With second-round pick Jonathan Taylor in town, it didn’t seem likely he’d be back in Indianapolis next season, but now he’s been robbed of the chance to showcase his talents for other teams.
Mack enjoyed a solid sophomore campaign but broke out in a big way last season, breaking the 1,000-yard barrier for the first time in his career. Even sharing touches with Taylor this season, he was primed for a big season behind a potent offensive line in Frank Reich’s run-heavy scheme.
Now, he’s facing a long road to recovery and an uncertain NFL future.
Meanwhile, the Colts will turn to the rookie Taylor as well as Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins to pick up a bigger share of the workload.
Part of what the Colts called a “1-1 punch” ahead of the season, Taylor looks primed to earn the biggest uptick in usage. Such was the case Sunday in Jacksonville.
After Mack (four carries, 26 yards; three catches, 30 yards) exited with an injury, Taylor’s workload increased. He finished the game with nine carries for 22 yards to go along with six receptions and 67 yards.
Sunday, Hines proved he already will be a major part of the offense this season. He led the team in receptions with eight, totaling 45 yards and a touchdown. He also contributed 28 yards on the ground with another score.
Wilkins didn’t see a touch Sunday, but has proven during his two seasons in the league to be a more than reliable reserve. Expect him to get more heavily involved this coming Sunday during the Colts home opener against Minnesota.
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