Eagles’ Derek Barnett had surgery for sports hernia

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Philadelphia defensive end Derek Barnett played in every game as a rookie except the Eagles’ meaningless Week 17 finale, but he wasn’t completely healthy.

Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com reports that Barnett had sports hernia surgery shortly after the Super Bowl. The recovery time was six weeks, so Barnett is believed to be at 100 percent now.

The Eagles took Barnett with the 14th overall pick in last year’s draft, and he played fairly well as a role player, playing 41 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps and getting five sacks. He played particularly well in the postseason, with a strip sack in the NFC Championship Game that turned it from a close game to a blowout, and the recovery of Tom Brady‘s late fumble in the Super Bowl.

This year the Eagles are expecting Barnett to take a step forward and get more playing time, and they may take it easy on him in the offseason to make sure he’s fully healthy when the games count.

10 responses to “Eagles’ Derek Barnett had surgery for sports hernia

  1. Anyone else remember when Belichick benched one of the Patriots top corners and the Eagles offense lit them up in the super bowl?

  2. Barnett and Josh Sweat are the Eagles’ DE’s of the future. They should give the Eagles one of the best duo pass rushers in the league soon.

  3. vaphinfan All that anyone will ever remember are The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII!!! Everything else will and is an excuse! Go Eagles!

  4. rjth2012 says:
    May 12, 2018 at 9:44 am
    vaphinfan All that anyone will ever remember are The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII!!! Everything else will and is an excuse! Go Eagles!
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    Actually, no one outside of Philadelphia remembers or cares about the anomalous SB LII win. The next 60 year run of futility has begun for the Eagles and their sorry fans!

  5. The Eagles win in superbowl 52 was a fluke,after this year’s SB Victory the haters will declare it was luck….Haters hate…winners win.

  6. vaphinfan says:
    May 12, 2018 at 7:55 am
    Anyone else remember when Belichick benched one of the Patriots top corners and the Eagles offense lit them up in the super bowl?

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    Yup. Does anyone remember the Dolphins winning anything relevant? You have to go back a long way for that

  7. Love the excuses about a benched DB when the Eagles were playing with a backup QB and a bunch of other big injuries.

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