Former Tennessee Vols defensive end Derek Barnett was a key part of the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense during their Super Bowl run last season.

But he wasn’t healthy. Not anywhere close, in fact.

According to a report from from PhillyVoice.com, Barnett underwent surgery for a sports hernia just after the Eagles’ Super Bowl 52 win against the New England Patriots.

That means Barnett likely played through the injury during the playoffs, which is insane to me. Especially since he made some critical plays for the Eagles.

I’ve never dealt with a sports hernia, but it sounds like it would be a nightmare just in day to day life. I can’t imagine going up against the league’s best offensive linemen while playing with one.

But Vols fans probably aren’t surprised to hear this. The Nashville native was as reliable as they come during his time at Tennessee.

Barnett, who is expected to be 100 percent for Philadelphia’s minicamps and OTA’s, had a stellar rookie season for the Eagles.

After being selected with the 14th overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, Barnett contributed 5 sacks and 21 tackles as a rookie. The only game he missed was in week 17, which was essentially a “meaningless” game for Philly.

Barnett is certainly on his way to becoming a yearly fixture on Pro-Bowl rosters.

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