PHILADELPHIA, PA –
Eagles Defensive Tackle Tim Jernigan took part in his first practice today, will have three weeks to make the active roster.
For the first time this season, Timmy Jernigan participated in today’s team walkthrough after a long recovery from offseason back surgery to fix a herniated disc. Jernigan was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list ahead of the season as it was expected he would not return until November.
November has come and eight games have passed, meaning the Eagles will now have 21 days to decide whether or not to add him to the 53-man roster.
If he is ready to go by the time this grace period ends, he will add to a front four pass rush that has seen its fair share of injuries this season with the loss of Derek Barnett and Haloti Ngata struggling to stay on the field.
Jernigan played in 15 games for the Eagles last season and collected 29 total tackles in addition to 2.5 sacks. Although not impressive numbers, he does provide the ability to create one-on-one matchups for Fletcher Cox in the middle.
The Eagles defense has combined for 22 sacks in the first eight games, just like last season, and have similar stats against the rush. Having Jernigan back will allow them to create more pressure on the opposing quarterback.
For now, the fans will have to wait to see how he progresses by 11/26 as the Eagles try to take over their division starting with a prime-time matchup again Dallas this upcoming Sunday night.
More to come.