At this point, what’s one more change along the Eagles' offensive line?
Doug Pederson confirmed Monday that left guard Isaac Seumalo will go on injured reserve with a left knee injury suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Rams. Pederson called it “short-term IR,” a reference to the fact that players can return this year in as little as three weeks, and an indication that Seumalo’s injury isn’t considered long-term.
Seumalo, 26, hasn’t missed a game since winning the starting role from Stefen Wisniewski five weeks into the 2018 season. Matt Pryor, who worked as the starter at right guard and left tackle during training camp, only to be supplanted at both spots when the season started, came in for Seumalo Sunday and played reasonably well in 46 snaps.
“Pryor came in and actually did some good things. It wasn’t perfect. There were some calls that he missed, and you could see he and [center Jason] Kelce kind of talking after plays, between plays … that’s just part of being a backup,” Pederson said.
The Eagles lost All-Pro right guard Brandon Brooks to a torn Achilles in June, then saw left tackle Andre Dillard go down with a torn biceps in August. Right tackle Lane Johnson underwent an August surgical procedure to align bones that had separated from a high ankle sprain; Johnson missed the season opener but seemed to play well against the Rams.
That defensive players who talked all week about being patient and not falling for misdirection/play-action actually would have no idea how to DO that, when game time arrived?