The Philadelphia Eagles placed right guard Matt Pryor on the reserve/COVID-19 list, according to an official announcement from the team.
Pryor did NOT test positive for the coronavirus or display symptoms, according to a report from NFL insider Tom Pelissero. Pryor was placed on the list because he was in contact with an individual who did test positive.
For everyone’s sake, hopefully this development turns out to be a precautionary move. No one wants to see Pryor contracting a disease that’s killed around 218,000 people in the United States. No one wants to see the Eagles experience a COVID outbreak like the ones other NFL teams have had to deal with this year.
From a football perspective, Pryor started at right guard in the Eagles’ last two games. There was some speculation he might get benched for veteran Jamon Brown since he’s struggled. Brown will start in Pryor’s place when the Eagles host the Baltimore Ravens this week.
With Pryor and Lane Johnson ruled out for this week’s game, the starting offensive line will look like this:
Left tackle — Jordan Mailata
Left guard — Nate Herbig
Center — Jason Kelce
Right guard — Jamon Brown
Right tackle — Jack Driscoll
Brett Toth, who has never logged a regular season NFL snap, projects to be the Eagles’ top swing tackle. Sua Opeta and Luke Juriga are the only other two backup offensive linemen on the 53-man roster. The Eagles could opt to elevate rookie left tackle Prince Tega Wanogho from the practice squad if they feel it’s necessary.
Pryor will obviously need to be cleared before he’s eligible to return down the line. In the meantime, he does not count against the Eagles’ 53-man roster limit.