According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Falcons C Alex Mack will play Super Bowl LI with a fracture in left leg. The Falcons are uncertain as to how well or long Mack will be able to play, but he’s ready to give it a go.
A team source texted Tiffany Blackmon that Mack told them: “I’m playing. Period.”
Falcons HC Dan Quinn told reporters earlier in the week that Mack was “doing well and pumped to go” for the Super Bowl. Before that, Quinn said that he was “concerned” but not “panicked” about Mack‘s left fibula injury.
Mack, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Browns back in 2009. After seven years with the Browns, Mack signed a five-year, $45 million contract with $28.5 million guaranteed with the Falcons last year.
Mack stands to make base salaries of $6.75 million and $8.5 million over the next two years.
In 2016, Mack appeared in all 16 games for the Falcons and is rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 3 center out of 38 qualifying players.