NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan recently underwent surgery for a herniated disc in his back and is expected to miss between four and six months.
Beginning training camp and maybe even the first half of the season without Jernigan is obviously a blow to an Eagles squad that won its first-ever Super Bowl largely on the backs of its D-line. The defensive tackle started 18 of Philly's 19 games last season, and earned a massive four-year, $48 million extension about halfway through the season because of his play.
If there's one team in the league that can survive without a player like Jernigan, though, it's the Eagles. Edge rushers Derek Barnett, Chris Long and Brandon Graham still remain on the team, as does potential Defensive Player of the Year candidate Fletcher Cox. The team added Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata in the offseason to the stacked DL as well.