The Atlanta Falcons are one of the only teams in the NFL to have started the same five offensive lineman throughout the season. The anchor of that offensive line is center Alex Mack who came to Atlanta in free agency last offseason and immediately helped to improve the protection for QB Matt Ryan.
Mack was injured in the NFC Championship Game against the Packers when running back Devonta Freeman was tackled into the back of Mack’s legs. After missing a few plays, Mack returned and finished out the game. However, heading into Super Bowl LI, there was some concern over whether Mack would be able to play as the Falcons look to win their first title. Well, that concern has now been assuaged as it has been announced that Mack will play despite having a fractured left fibula.
In case you were wondering what kind of protection Mack would have on his leg in order to try and protect the injury, ESPN’s Trey Wingo posted a video to Instagram from the sidelines in Houston.
Kick-off in Houston is set for 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.