Defensive end Derek Barnett has been ruled out for the rest of the 2022 season after suffering an ACL tear in Sunday's season opener against the Detroit Lions. Barnett has been a frequent starter on the team's defensive line since the 2019 campaign.
"Obviously, that's a big blow for us. I love the way that Derek Barnett comes to work single every day and plays with grittiness and toughness and nasty. I am a huge Derek Barnett fan, and he'll be missed," said Head Coach Nick Sirianni on Monday.
Barnett re-signed with the Eagles this offseason after posting a career-high 46 tackles plus 11 quarterback hits, seven tackles for loss, and two sacks in 720 defensive snaps played in 2021.
He went down during the third quarter and did not return. He played 12 defensive snaps before heading to the medical tent.
Sirianni said that his absence will likely result in more snaps for second-year defensive end Tarron Jackson, who sits behind Brandon Graham on the team's depth chart.
"Howie and his staff have done a great job of making us deep at the O- and D-line. We have some good options there. We have good rotation right there. Tarron wasn't up yesterday, but how quickly it can turn from you not being up for a game to you having a significant role. I know our guys understand that. We talk to our guys a lot about that, about their roles and how if you're a backup you are one snap away from going in. That's the way it's going to play out for Tarron."