Well, here’s some bad and surprising news. Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett is set to undergo season-ending surgery on his shoulder, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter. Mike Garafolo notes Barnett’s injury is a torn rotator cuff that he’s been trying to play through.
Barnett first appeared on the Eagles’ injury report with a shoulder issue leading up to Philadelphia’s Week 5 game against the Minnesota Vikings. He sat out for that matchup before returning in the Eagles’ Week 6 game against the New York Giants. He also played 63% of Philadelphia’s defensive snaps against the Panthers in Week 7; second most of any defensive end on the team.
It’s a shame that the second-year pass rusher’s season is ending this way. Barnett had 17 tackles and 2.5 sacks through six games this year. The 2017 first-round pick was showing some signs of progress from last year.
The Eagles are now down to Brandon Graham, Michael Bennett, Chris Long, and Josh Sweat as full-time defensive ends on the 53-man roster. Graham and Bennett are already required to handle extra duty as interior defensive linemen with the Eagles being so thin at defensive tackle. It’s certainly not good to see the Eagles getting so thin at a position so key to their overall success.
Barnett is now the ninth player on the Eagles’ injured reserve list. Philadelphia has been bit hard by the injury bug this year.
RB Jay Ajayi
DE Derek Barnett
CB Elie Bouka
WR Mack Hollins
S Rodney McLeod
TE Richard Rodgers
DT Destiny Vaeao
WR Mike Wallace
LB Paul Worrilow
DT Timmy Jernigan
RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM
S Chris Maragos