Philadelphia Eagles place a key starter on their Reserve/COVID-19 list

Matt Pryor, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Matt Pryor, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

Well, the Philadelphia Eagles have to play Matt Pryor’s backup now.

Now what? At this point, the words ‘next man up’ need a hashtag, like ‘Fly Eagles Fly’ or ‘WentzDay’. Injuries and adding players’ names to the injured reserve are as frequent in the business of running the Philadelphia Eagles as the NFL Draft or practices during the weeks leading up to games.

To be honest, all of that is just as common. Add Matt Pryor‘s name to the list of ‘Birds’ that won’t be playing on Sunday in Week 6 versus the Baltimore Ravens.

Here’s everything Philadelphia Eagles fans need to know.

At about 4 p.m. EST on the Friday leading up to the Eagles’ sixth game of the season, Philadelphia announced via their official team website that Pryor had, indeed, been added to the team’s Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Just like Lane Johnson, Jordan Mailata, and Doug Pederson had to do at the beginning of the season and as you all are probably well aware, Matt Pryor will be forced to undergo the league’s protocol on quarantining players.

Doug Pederson announced before Friday’s practice session during a sitdown with the Philly media that Pryor would sit out with an illness. Here’s the rest of Friday’s injury report.

Here’s a quote from Coach Pederson.

"We’re taking all the precautions and making sure that he’s safe and healthy. So he’s going to miss this game."

Taking Pryor’s place in the lineup will be Jamon Brown. He’s a bit of a journeyman, having seen five different rosters since entering the league in 2015 as a third-round selection, but he has a lot of experience, 60 games with 47 starts to be exact (61 games if you include his NFL Playoffs). Pederson had this to say about Brown in Friday’s presser.

"He’s played and started in this league. You go back and watch some of his tape, he’s done some things well. He’s been with us now for a couple of weeks."

It’s kind of hard to keep track of everyone that’s come and gone in this Eagles offensive line, but the reserves have played well enough to help this team have the opportunity to win games, whether Philly has won them or not. With Lane Johnson also out for Sunday’s contest, that’s a trend that will need to continue. Keep your fingers crossed if you’re an Eagles fan.