Rookie Michael Jordan will be the team's starting left guard and Trey Hopkins will start at center, Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor said on Sunday. The combination means Billy Price, the team's first-round pick in 2018 and former primary center, will be a back-up when the season begins on Sept. 8.
The former Ohio State standout said he understood the decision.
"As a competitor, it's the day that you thought would never happen, but it happened," Price said. "There are things that I need to improve on. We've got on the same page and understand exactly where they were coming from and understanding why. This is a business."
Price missed the first 10 days of training camp with an undisclosed injury. He started 10 games as a rookie but was out for six in the middle of the year with a foot injury.