Falcons HC Dan Quinn said on Thursday that he is “concerned” but not “panicked” about C Alex Mack‘s left fibula injury.
“The good thing is I know he’s feeling better than he did in the NFC Championship Game. But yeah, I’m concerned,” said Quinn, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN. “I’m not panicked, but I’m concerned.”
Last week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that Mack is dealing with a swollen and painful sprained ankle that he sustained during the NFC Championship game.
While Mack was able to return to the game, he was viewed as unlikely to practice at all this week, according to Rapoport.
The Falcons’ plan for Mack is to rest his ankle with the expectation that he plays in Super Bowl. Although Quinn insisted he is not panicking about Mack at this point, his ankle injury is clearly something to keep an eye on as the Super Bowl nears.
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.
We’ll have more regarding Mack’s injury as the news is available.