Destiny Vaeao played 158 snaps and then got hurt and was released with an injury settlement.
Bruce Hector played 18 snaps, then was released, spent time on the practice squad, and came back and played 33 snaps the last two games, then was released again.
Treyvon Hester has played 75 snaps after starting the season unemployed and then on the practice squad.
Haloti Ngata played 143 snaps when he wasn’t missing three games with an injury.
Talk about holding the defensive tackle position together with duct tape.
The Eagles are desperate for help opposite Fletcher Cox, and it’s finally on the way.
Tim Jernigan, who hadn’t participated in any practices since Super Bowl week, is back on the Eagles’ practice field this week following offseason herniated disc surgery.
“Timmy’s awesome,” Chris Long said. “He’s a great teammate. He’s going to bring another solid player inside. We’ve been needing that. He’s going to make some plays for us. We’re all just excited to see him come back.”
Jernigan is still on the Non-Football Injury list, and the Eagles have three weeks to activate him to the 53-man roster.
Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said it could be a while until we see Jernigan on a Sunday:
Once he's able to physically start feeling it and be able to get out doing drills with someone other than the trainer, all due respect to those guys, out with his teammates and out competing against the offensive guys, maybe run some scout-team cards, things like that, he'll start getting back in the flow of things. But to go in with any expectation I think doesn't do the right thing by him. We just sort of take it one day at a time and see where he is. When he's ready, we'll get him back out there.
Jernigan had a very good first half for the Eagles last year, playing about 33 snaps per game before hurting his ankle midway through the season.
He was never quite the same after that, although he didn’t miss any playing time.
“It’s been a long journey for him,” Long said. “He’s very eager. He’s been patient, because that’s not something to mess around with, but at the same time, I know he wants to be back out here with us. We’ve watched him work every day and he’s ready to roll.
“He’s definitely a complete player, and at this point, we just don’t have that many D-tackles, so it just helps a lot. We’re not going to expect him to come back the first game and light the world on fire. He’s going to get back in that role, but whenever he comes back, he’s going to be a valuable member of the team.”
After Jernigan suffered disc damage in his back during an unsupervised offseason workout in the spring, the Eagles restructured his contract, converting his 2019 $11 million base salary into unguaranteed money.
Jernigan is earning $3 million this year. He’s already earned just under $13 million since the Eagles acquired him from the Ravens.
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