Pryor clearly was bothered by a Davis hit during Sunday’s 27-20 win over the Rams. With just under seven minutes remaining in the game, Pryor cut left across the middle and caught a pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins. Davis raced up from the secondary and hit the 6-foot-4 Pryor around his right knee.
— Terrelle Pryor SR (@TerrellePryor) September 20, 2017
Davis, a fifth-year veteran, has yet to reply.
Pryor gained nine yards on the play, which was nullified by a holding penalty. After the play, Pryor got up quickly but did slightly shake his knee.
In an Aug. 22 preseason game at Cleveland, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was injured on a low, but legal, hit by Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Beckham had leaped to make the catch, and Boddy-Calhoun hit him around the knees as he landed. Beckham ended up with a sprained ankle and missed the season opener.
Defensive backs have long complained how their strike zone has shrunk with hits to the head and neck area now illegal. Those hits lead to penalties, fines and, ultimately, suspensions.
Pryor’s fear, though, is that hitting around the knees will lead to long absences due to injuries. In two games, Pryor has caught eight passes for 97 yards and frequently runs routes across the middle. He is a free agent after the season, so this isn’t a message he wants to keep delivering.