What a season Mack was having. Nobody on the outside of the organization saw this type of breakout coming for the 4th year runner. Through 10 games, he sat in 3rd in the XCFL with 907 yards & 11 TD on 170 carries (5.34ypc). He was poised to destroy his previous career high of 973 yards he set last season. Surely he would become the Colts' first 1,000-yard rusher since Frank Gore in 2016. His pace of 90.7 yards per game would have landed him at 6th on the Colts' all-time rushing list with 1,451 yards, behind only 2 other Colts greats, hall of famer Eric Dickerson (once) & probable future hall of famer Edgerrin James (4x).
Mack has Become a Fan Favorite in Indy
Then, in Week 12 vs Baltimore, fate struck. He wasn't having his best game (6 carries, 10 yards), but it was still early, and Coach White has refused to give up on the run game this season. Alas, on a screen pass that gained 11 yards, he stayed down after being tackled, clutching at his inner thigh. He pounded the turf in frustration, realizing that his breakout season just took a turn for the worst. He was ruled out of the game with a groin injury. An MRI on Monday revealed what was feared. His groin wasn't strained, it was torn. Doctors have given him a timetable of 4-6 weeks to return. The optimistic outlook would leave him 2 more games to gain the 83 yards he needs to earn his 1st 1,000-yard campaign of his career. The latter would end his season. Regardless of how the rest of his season plays out, he will return to the Colts' backfield next season after signing a 5-year, $25mil contract to stay with the team. At only 24 years old, the future is very bright for this young man. Best wishes to Marlon and we can't wait to see him back on the field!
Colts' All-time Single Season Rushing Leaders