Former Tennessee Vols defensive star Derek Barnett received some bad news on Tuesday.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Barnett will miss the rest of the 2018 season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Barnett, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 14th overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, finished his sophomore campaign with 2.5 sacks and 17 tackles.
Eagles’ DE Derek Barnett is undergoing shoulder surgery and is now out for the season, per source. The former first-round pick recorded 2.5 sacks and 17 tackles this season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2018
The former Vol, who set the all-time career record for sacks while at Tennessee (he had 33, breaking Reggie White’s record of 32), was a key part of the Eagles’ Super Bowl run last season.
Barnett recovered a fumble in the waning minutes of Super Bowl 52, which helped seal the victory for the Eagles.
— NFL (@NFL) February 5, 2018
As a rookie in 2017, the Nashville native also forced a fumble in the Eagles’ NFC Championship game win against the Minnesota Vikings.
— @540Jason© (@540Jason) January 22, 2018
Barnett should be fully recovered from his shoulder surgery and ready to contribute for the Eagles by the time training camp rolls around next summer.
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