Jon Wassink takes the snap behind center Luke Juriga.

Jon Wassink takes the snap behind center Luke Juriga.

Western Michigan alumnus Luke Juriga was added to the Philadelphia Eagles active roster ahead of its game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

Juriga, who started all four seasons he spent at WMU (2016-19) and transitioned from guard to center for his senior year, is listed as a center by the Eagles and will be backing up three-time first team All-Pro center Jason Kelce.

Juriga earned a roster spot among a litany of injuries to Philadelphia’s offensive line including left tackle Jason Peters, who has made nine trips to the Pro Bowl in his career, suffering a foot injury coupled with an illness that kept him out of practice earlier in the week. Guard Jamon Brown and tackle Jack Driscoll were also listed as not participating in practice due to illness on Wednesday.

As a Bronco, Juriga earned three All-Mid-American Conference selections, including first team honors in 2018 and 2019. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Eagles this spring and this is his first appearance on the active roster after being cut and signed to the practice squad in September.

If he gets into the game, Juriga will join LeVante Bellamy as former Broncos making their NFL debuts this season. Former WMU tight end Giovanni Ricci is also hoping to make his NFL debut this year as he is currently on the Carolina Panthers practice squad.

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