Dan Quinn concerned, but not panicked about Alex Mack’s ankle

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The Falcons haven’t expressed any concern about wide receiver Julio Jones being 100 percent for Super Bowl LI despite a nagging toe injury, but coach Dan Quinn couldn’t say the same about center Alex Mack’s ankle injury.

Mack was limited in practice again on Thursday and Quinn said after the session that he’s not without worry about the center’s fitness for Sunday.

“I just know his toughness and strength is so great,’’ Quinn said, via pool reporter Peter King of TheMMQB.com. “The good thing is I know he’s feeling better than he did in the NFC Championship Game. But yeah, I’m concerned. I’m not panicked, but I’m concerned.”

King said that Mack spent some time with backup center Ben Garland during the practice, which Quinn said was because the multiple fronts used by the Patriots “requires a lot of prep work by the center” heading into the game.

Jones was also listed as limited, although he said earlier in the day that the limitation is in the number of reps he’s taking in practice rather than how he’s going through them. Defensive end Dwight Freeney didn’t practice and is listed with a calf issue, although Quinn suggested it was a rest day for the veteran more than anything else.

11 responses to “Dan Quinn concerned, but not panicked about Alex Mack’s ankle

  1. He had ankle / knee issues when he played for my beloved Browns . no worries Mack is a tough guy .he will play and play well .

    Best of luck Falcon fans .

  2. First series….that ankle will get rolled up on. We’ll see him limp off and be done, just watch. Offensive a defensive linemen get their injuries tested real fast by opposing team.

  3. I have been up front (on this site and others) in my belief that the Falcons will win this game. But if Mack is out or limited, then all bets are off. Next to Ryan, he’s Atlanta’s most important player. This has the makings of a great SB. I would hate for injury to play a part for EITHER team.

  4. It’s actually his fibula not ankle which makes me more panicked. He rolled his ankle in the NFC championship game, he broke his fibula 2 years ago. So if that’s bothering him again that can’t be a good sign.

  5. Every team has hurting players. You may have heard of this guy they call Gronk. Alan Branch had his toe stepped on so there’s that.

    You play the guys you have. Great teams get to this game without all their best players if that’s the hand their dealt.

    I’m sure Mack & Branch will be fine, hopefully. It would suck for either of them to sit this game out or be partially effective.

  6. The interior of the Falcons offensive line is critical to this game. It is a potential area for the Patriots to exploit especially if Mack is limited. Branch, Brown and Flowers could be disruptive.

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