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Marlon Mack To Undergo Concussion Protocol; Questionable For Northern Illinois Game

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The USF running back did not return to Saturday’s game after a massive hit to the chest and shoulder.

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USF running back Marlon Mack’s night against Towson ended early after he was leveled in the open field by Tigers linebacker Diondre Wallace. Mack stayed down for a minute, then walked off the field under his own power. He spent the second half in warmups on the sideline. Preliminary reports said Mack had suffered a shoulder or “upper-body” injury and was held out as a precaution (and also because USF was rolling and did not need him back in the game).

Today Willie Taggart revealed that Mack is undergoing concussion protocol and is questionable for Saturday’s game against Northern Illinois. With D’Ernest Johnson and Darius Tice each performing well against Towson, and Trevon Sands in reserve if they need him, Taggart did not seem too worried about the impact on the offense if Mack can’t go this weekend:

After watching the Huskies get handled pretty easily by a mediocre Wyoming offense last Saturday, I don’t think USF will need Marlon Mack to win this game. The 10 games on the schedule following this one are much more important. If he’s not healthy and cleared to play, he should sit, end of discussion.