Jernigan (lower back) was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list Saturday, Chris McPherson of the Eagles' official site reports.
Jernigan is slated to miss at least the first six games of the regular season while residing on the NFI list. Haloti Ngata figures to see additional reps at defensive tackle next to Fletcher Cox during Jernigan's absence.
Jernigan is still recovering from early-May back surgery to repair a herniated disc. He was initially given a 4-to-6 month timeline for recovery, which would cut it close to Week 1 as a best case scenario and keep him sidelined through October in the worst case. Philly appears confident in his recovery, however, since Haloti Ngata (biceps) was the only defensive tackle brought in during free agency. Jernigan is expected to start alongside Fletcher Cox once he's healthy.
Jernigan is expected to be sidelined for 4-to-6 months after undergoing surgery to address a herniated disc in his lower back last week, Adam Schefter and Field Yates of ESPN reports.
The timeline suggests Jernigan will likely be on the sideline for most of training camp and is in serious danger of missing the start of the season, a less-than-ideal development for the 25-year-old as he begins the first year of a four-year, $48 million contract. According to Yates, Jernigan agreed to restructure his contract after it was determined he would need back surgery, with the final three years of his deal no longer containing any guaranteed money. Perhaps in recognition of Jernigan's back concern and in anticipation of a potential absence, the Eagles signed veteran run stuffer Haloti Ngata (biceps) in March to fortify their defensive-line depth.
Jernigan recently underwent surgery for a herniated disc and is expected to miss spring workouts, NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
After three years in Baltimore, Jernigan spent last season in Philadelphia, finishing the 2018 campaign with 33 total tackles, 9.0 TFL, and 2.5 sacks. However, he's since been dealing with a herniated disc, which resulted in a recent surgery. While it will keep Jernigan out for spring workouts, there doesn't appear to be a huge concern over his availability for training camp, so look for him to make a full recovery by that point. Until he's back in the fold, recent acquisition Haloti Ngata should help fill in next to Fletcher Cox.
Jernigan (illness) was a full participant in Friday's practice and doesn't appear on the injury report ahead of Super Bowl LII, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Jernigan, who was held out of practice both Wednesday and Thursday due to an unspecified illness, has been cleared to return to the field and should be ready to assume his typical starting role along the interior of the Eagles' defensive line.
|4||9/30/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|6||10/11/18||@ NYG||8:20 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/18/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ LAR||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
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