Sports Medicine

How the Falcons’ Center is Playing in the Super Bowl With a Broken Leg:

The Atlanta Falcons’ star center, Alex Mack broke his leg two weeks before Super Bowl Sunday- but that won’t stop him from playing on football’s biggest stage. During the NFC championship blowout against the Green Bay Packers, Mack fractured his fibula- a bone that is part of your lower leg.

Typically, a fibula fracture results in a player being out for about six weeks. So how is a 300lb NFL offensive lineman with this injury playing just two weeks later in the Super Bowl? It’s because the fibula is a non-weight bearing bone.


The majority of your body’s weight is transmitted through the tibia, which neighbors the fibula. In Alex Mack’s case, the type and location of his fibula fracture does not affect his ability to play football.

The only limitation Mack will have on Super Bowl Sunday is pain tolerance. He will be receiving several shots before the game that will hopefully allow him to play through this injury.

Regardless of the outcome of the game, Mack will likely be re-evaluated by the Falcons’ medical staff after the game. He should be fully recovered well before OTA’s start in the spring. Best of luck, Alex Mack!


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