Marlon Mack

Denver Broncos
Running Back #25
Denver Broncos
Running Back #25

Marlon Mack News

Lands on IR

Mack (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Mack injured his hamstring in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, and he was not expected to recover in time to play Week 18 against the Chargers. His move to IR ensures that will not happen, while also creating room for cornerback Ja'Quan McMillian to be added to the active roster. Mack's season will end having appeared in eight games, two with the 49ers and six with the Broncos, seeing 16 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown. He also caught eight of his 10 targets for 99 yards and another touchdown.

Jan 3, 2023 2:02 PM EST

Not expected to play Sunday

Mack is expected to miss the Broncos' season finale against the Chargers on Sunday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Per Klis, Mack injured his hamstring on a kickoff return at the start of the Broncos' Week 17 loss to the Chiefs. With Mack reportedly not in line to play this coming weekend, Tyler Badie figures suit to suit up versus Los Angeles and log complementary snaps behind Latavius Murray and Chase Edmonds.

Jan 2, 2023 3:23 PM EST

Injures hamstring Sunday

Mack suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday's game at Kansas City.

Analysis: Prior to his departure in the first quarter, Mack had one kick return for 20 yards. The Broncos are down to just Latavius Murray and Chase Edmonds at running back as long as Mack is sidelined.

Jan 1, 2023 10:31 AM EST

Minimal involvement in loss

Mack rushed four times for 22 yards in Sunday's 51-14 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Mack was unable to secure his lone target in the contest. With Chase Edmonds making his return from injured reserve, Mack was relegated to No. 3 running back duties Sunday. The veteran played just 10 of the Broncos' 67 offensive snaps, while Latavius Murray and Edmonds handled a near even split of playing time with 31 and 28 snaps, respectively. Mack's lack of involvement on an already struggling offense should keep him far off the fantasy radar when the Broncos visit the Chiefs in Week 17.

Dec 27, 2022 2:41 AM EST

Finds end zone again

Mack rushed the ball five times for 37 yards in Sunday's 24-15 win over Arizona. He added four receptions on four targets for 26 yards.

Analysis: Mack worked clearly behind Latavius Murray in the Denver backfield, recording only nine touches compared to Murray's 25. However, Mack was able to provide a few explosive plays, highlighted by a 17-yard run early in the fourth quarter and a three-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. While Mack's role remains relatively minimal, he is the clear backup running back in Denver and has scored in consecutive contests.

Dec 18, 2022 6:30 PM EST

Dazzling TD in Sunday's loss

Mack carried the ball three times for 15 yards and caught two of three targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-28 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: The veteran back didn't see action until Mike Boone was carted off with an ankle injury in the second quarter, but Mack capitalized on his opportunity by taking a screen pass from Russell Wilson (concussion) 66 yards for a TD on the Broncos' first possession of the second half. It was Mack's first trip to the end zone since 2019, his final healthy season with the Colts, and the explosiveness he flashed on the touchdown was certainly reminiscent of that 1,000-yard campaign. Regardless of Boone's availability in Week 15 against the Cardinals, Mack could push Latavius Murray for touches in the Denver backfield after this performance.

Dec 11, 2022 6:23 PM EST

Minimal involvement in loss

Mack rushed two times for three yards and secured his only target for six yards in Sunday's 10-9 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Mack played just five of the Broncos' 53 offensive snaps Sunday, operating as the No. 3 running back. The veteran recorded two rushes and one catch in each of his first two games with Denver. With Latavius Murray dominating touches out of the backfield and Mike Boone slotting in as the team's top backup, Mack's opportunities for meaningful production should remain limited going forward. Barring injuries to Murray and Boone, the 26-year-old should be far off the fantasy radar when the Broncos host the Chiefs in Week 14.

Dec 6, 2022 8:31 AM EST

Handles two carries in loss

Mack rushed two times for seven yards and secured his only target for five yards in Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Mack played just six of Denver's 60 offensive snaps in his debut with the Broncos, operating as the backup to Latavius Murray. The veteran running back's three touches out of the backfield were a distant second behind Murray's 14 touches in the contest. Mack's limited upside in a struggling offense could be capped even more with Mike Boone's possible return from injured reserve in Week 13. Nonetheless, the 26-year-old will hope to establish himself as a contributor in the Broncos' new-look running back rotation in a Week 13 matchup against the Ravens, though he faces an uphill battle to fantasy relevance.

Nov 28, 2022 8:40 AM EST

Should have role in Denver debut

Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett said Friday that Mack will have a role in the game plan in Sunday's matchup with the Panthers, Jeff Legwold of reports. "He's going to have to go in there and take advantage of this opportunity...he's got a little extra burst," Hackett said of Mack.

Analysis: Denver signed Mack off San Francisco's practice squad Oct. 24, but the veteran running back has been a healthy inactive for each of the Broncos' subsequent three contests. However, with the Broncos waiving Melvin Gordon and placing Chase Edmonds (ankle) on injured reserve in recent days, Mack looks set to operate as the primary backup to starter Latavius Murray in Week 12. Though Murray projects to see most of the touches out of the backfield, he's averaging just 3.3 yards per carry through five games with Denver, so his grasp on the lead role would appear to be weak. With that in mind, Mack could have the chance to displace Murray atop the depth chart if he takes advantage of the opportunities he receives Sunday. However, both Murray and Mack could be challenged for work as soon as Week 13, when Mike Boone (ankle) is eligible to return from IR.

Nov 25, 2022 1:15 PM EST

Could be Week 12 backup

Mack's likely to work as the backup to Latavius Murray in Week 12 against the Panthers, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Mack slides up to second on the depth chart following the release of Melvin Gordon and Chase Edmonds' high ankle sprain. Devine Ozigbo is a candidate to be elevated from the practice squad against Carolina to compete with Mack for playing time behind Murray. Mack has yet to register a rushing attempt in 2022.

Nov 21, 2022 11:57 AM EST

Sitting out Sunday

Mack (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Titans.

Analysis: Mack will be inactive once again, as the team will dress Melvin Gordon, Latavius Murray and Chase Edmonds ahead of him.

Nov 13, 2022 8:57 AM EST

Not playing Week 8

Mack (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars in London, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Though Mike Boone's (ankle) recent move to injured reserve opens up a spot for a third running back in Denver, Mack looks like he'll have to wait until after a Week 9 bye to make his Broncos debut after he was signed off the 49ers' practice squad Monday. Mack's lack of utility on special teams may have been a factor in him sitting out in London, as the Broncos are opting to keep Devine Ozigbo active in London as the No. 3 option behind Melvin Gordon and Latavius Murray.

Oct 30, 2022 5:13 AM EST

Could play in Week 8

Mack could garner some snaps in the Broncos' backfield in Week 8 against the Jaguars, Zac Stevens of reports.

Analysis: Mack was signed to the Broncos active roster Monday after the team acquired him from the 49ers' practice squad and head coach Nathaniel Hackett said Friday that the running back is "definitely an option" to play Sunday versus Jacksonville. Mack will likely operate as the third fiddle behind Melvin Gordon and Latavius Murray in Week 8, limiting his upside greatly.

Oct 28, 2022 7:29 AM EST

Links up with Broncos

Denver signed Mack to the active roster off the 49ers' practice squad Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Mack is set to fly with his new team to London on Monday in preparation for a Week 8 matchup against the Jaguars. The veteran's chance in Denver comes following an ankle injury to Mike Boone, the severity of which has yet to be determined. If Boone can't go versus Jacksonville on Sunday, Mack will stand to work into a backfield led by Melvin Gordon and Latavius Murray.

Oct 24, 2022 5:58 AM EST

Signs with 49ers' practice squad

Mack was signed to the 49ers' practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Mack will return to 49ers after being released by the team Tuesday, joining their practice unit. The running back seems to have fallen out of favor in San Francisco's backfield and will now operate as an extreme depth option behind starter Jeff Wilson.

Oct 12, 2022 9:57 AM EST

Time with 49ers ends

Mack was released by San Francisco on Tuesday.

Analysis: Mack signed to the 49ers' practice squad Sept. 13, and he ultimately made it to the active roster in Week 3 and 4, but he only contributed five snaps on special teams. He was a healthy inactive Week 5, as the team opted to elevate Tevin Coleman from the practice squad to operate as the team's No. 3 running back instead. Mack has had trouble finding a steady role since suffering an Achilles tear in Week 1 of the 2020 season.

Oct 11, 2022 2:25 PM EST

Healthy inactive Week 5

Mack is inactive for Sunday's Week 5 clash against the Panthers.

Analysis: The veteran back garnered active status for the last two games but logged only a combined five special-teams snaps, and he'll now sit out altogether Sunday. In his stead, Tevin Coleman, who was promoted from the practice squad Saturday, will serve as the No. 3 running back behind Jeff Wilson and Jordan Mason against Carolina.

Oct 9, 2022 11:49 AM EST

No touches in first game with SF

Mack was only on the field for three special teams snaps in Sunday's 11-10 loss to Denver.

Analysis: Mack was signed from the practice squad to replace the injured Tyrion Davis-Price (ankle) and serve as the team's third back. The former Indianapolis Colt did not get involved in the offensive gameplan, but the veteran's track record of success (1,999 combined rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in 2018 and 2019) could see him jump ahead of undrafted rookie Jordan Mason (five offensive snaps) as Jeff Wilson's backup while Davis-Price recovers from an ankle injury. Neither backup is worth rostering in fantasy so long as Wilson and Deebo Samuel dominate the backfield touches in San Francisco.

Sep 26, 2022 12:00 PM EST

Signed to San Fran's active roster

The 49ers signed Mack from the practice squad to the active roster Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Mack will get the promotion after news that rookie third-round pick Tyrion Davis-Price (ankle) will be sidelined for a few weeks. The team already lost Elijah Mitchell (knee) to IR, so Mack will compete with undrafted rookie Jordan Mason for backup snaps behind Jeff Wilson. Mack has amassed at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage twice in his career, but he's struggled to stick in the NFL since he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in September 2020.

Sep 20, 2022 2:51 PM EST

Finds work in San Francisco

The 49ers signed Mack to their practice squad Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With two seasons in which he amassed at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage on his resume, Mack is a big name as far as practice-squad players go, but he's struggled to stick in the NFL since he suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in September 2020. Though Mack gained full clearance from the injury ahead of training camp last summer, he showed little explosiveness (3.6 yards per carry on 28 totes) during his time with the Colts in 2021 and often found himself as a healthy inactive by the end of the summer. Mack was still expected to get the chance to compete for a starting role after signing with Houston earlier this offseason, but rookie Dameon Pierce and versatile veteran Rex Burkhead ultimately made him a roster casualty. After a brief stint on Houston's practice squad earlier this month, Mack will now catch as organization depth for the 49ers, who placed lead back Elijah Mitchell (knee) on injured reserve and are expected to be without his services for the next two months. Jeff Wilson, Jordan Mason and Tyrion Davis-Price are still on hand as the 49ers' candidates to help replace Mitchell, but Mack could eventually earn a promotion to the roster if head coach Kyle Shanahan wants to add a more experienced option to the running back room.

Sep 13, 2022 2:24 PM EST

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