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Eagles DT Tim Jernigan has back surgery

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Philadelphia Eagles' Tim Jernigan (93) celebrates a stop against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter of the NFC Championship game on January 21 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Penn. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Philadelphia Eagles' Tim Jernigan (93) celebrates a stop against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter of the NFC Championship game on January 21 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Penn. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan underwent surgery for a herniated disk, according to a published report.

Howard Eskin of radio station 94 WIP in Philadelphia, citing NFL sources, reported that Jernigan is expected to make a full recovery, although he will not participate in the club's offseason program.

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Jernigan, 25, started 15 games last season with the Eagles, helping them win a Super Bowl championship in his first season with the team.

The 6-foot-2, 299-pounder had 29 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2017 after collecting 13 sacks in his first three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. He had two tackles in Philadelphia's three postseason games.

A second-round draft pick (No. 48 overall) of the Ravens in 2014, Jernigan established career highs with 15 starts and 5.0 sacks in 2016.

The Eagles signed Jernigan to a four-year contract extension in November that was worth a reported $48 million, including $26 million guaranteed.

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