New Orleans Saints cornerback Elbert Mack left Sunday’s 38-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders with an injury. Mack apparently injured his neck and head on a play that would have been an interception but was then ruled an incomplete pass.
As Mack was tackled making the would-be interception he got hit in the head with a knee from teammate DE Will Smith. There is no word yet on the severity of Mack’s injury or whether or not he has suffered a concussion. Mack was playing in only his second game of the season and recorded four tackles, three of which were assisted. Mack was playing the nickel back against the Raiders since the Saints were already without usual nickel back, rookie Corey White. White missed Sunday’s contest with a knee injury.
For his five-year career Mack has made a total of 93 tackles to go along with five interceptions. Mack is a good cornerback and the Saints opted to retain him this season after signing and releasing him earlier in the season. Mack gives the Saints depth in their secondary that seems to finally be performing better during the Saints’ three-game win streak.
Standing at 5’10″ 185 Mack has good size to be a good cornerback and as he continues to develop he could really help the Saints or any team in the long run. For now it appears that the Saints will be without Mack for the time being as he recovers from his injury.
Hopefully Mack will be ready to go for the Week 12 contest against the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are one of the toughest teams in the conference and the Saints would like to have everyone available come Sunday.