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The Jacksonville Jaguars might have to alter their draft strategy.
Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton will miss at least the next three months of the team's offseason program following eye surgery. The Jaguars are hopeful the 340-pound run-stopper will make a full recovery, but general manager Gene Smith said Monday he doesn't know how quickly Knighton can get healthy.
''Your needs certainly change daily,'' Smith said. ''Going into the draft, we're optimistic that he'll come out of this well. But there's no definites. Our hope is he will. Going into the draft I feel very good about where he's at at this point. I just don't know where he'll be three months from now.''
Knighton had surgery April 8, hours after being hit with a bottle at a Jacksonville nightclub. Knighton was hit in the back of his head and his face when he was trying to break up a fight involving a friend. An incident report said Knighton was kicked out of the club and reportedly made threats to shoot people.
Knighton won't be at the team facility during workouts, a potential problem considering his history of weight issues.
''With the injury, his inability to lift, run, do anything physical, he will not be involved in the offseason for at least the next three months,'' coach Mike Mularkey said. ''He is at home, trying to just heal. The healing process is going to take a while. It's really not an issue we're going to have to talk about because he's not going to be around here due to the injury, and the best place for him is at home for him right now.''
Knighton reported to training camp more than 20 pounds overweight last year and spent the first few weeks getting into better shape. He vowed not to let it happen again, especially because this is the final year of his rookie contract.
Knighton has not spoken publicly since his surgery, but the former Temple standout and third-round pick posted on his Twitter page last week that he plans on making a full recovery.
If the Jaguars have any concerns, next week's draft is the perfect place to get some insurance. Smith and assistant general manager Terry McDonough said defensive tackle is the deepest position in the three-day draft.
The Jaguars have the seventh pick in Thursday night's first round. Although receiver, defensive end and cornerback remain the team's top needs, they now have to consider defensive tackle. Fellow starting defensive tackle Tyson Alualu is coming off knee surgery and 2010 third-round pick D'Anthony Smith, expected to be a key backup, hasn't played a down after spending his first two seasons on injured reserve.
Knighton's weight problems will be factored in, too.
''I'm sure Terrance is aware of the situation,'' Mularkey said, adding that Knighton will get an in-home visit from the team's nutritionist. ''He's been aware of it the whole offseason. He came in here about a week ago, when our Phase I kicked off, and he was in good shape for this time of the year.
''It's been something he's addressed already early in this offseason and we're going to try to help him along in that process with a hands-on approach.''
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Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton was forced to undergo surgery after injuring his eye at a nightclub in Jacksonville, The Florida Times-Union reported.
Knighton sustained the injury in or near Pure nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning and was taken to the nearby Baptist Medical Center.
The Jaguars confirmed the fourth-year starter's surgery and said the...
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton had eye surgery Sunday after an undisclosed incident.
According to Knighton's Twitter page, he was at Pure nightclub in Jacksonville, but team officials say they are ''gathering information about what happened and are not able to further comment at this time.''
The Jaguars say in a statement that '...
According to the Jacksonville Jaguars, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton sustained an eye injury in an "incident" early Sunday morning. The injury required surgery on Sunday, and according to Tania Ganguli, Knighton has been released from the hospital and is at home. He has a doctor appointment tomorrow.
The extent of the eye injury still remains unknown, and we can only...
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton had eye surgery Sunday after an undisclosed incident.
According to Knighton's Twitter page, he was at Pure nightclub in Jacksonville, but team officials say they are "gathering information about what happened and are not able to further comment at this time."
The Jaguars say in a statement...
Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton was involved in an "incident" on Sunday morning which required surgery to correct an eye injury. The Jaguars have not released the details of the incident or the injury. Here's the full chain of tweets from @JaguarsInsider.
Statement from Jaguars: Terrance Knighton was involved in an incident early Sunday morning in which...
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton had successful surgery performed on his eye on Sunday and is resting at home, the Jacksonville Times-Union reported.
Knighton suffered the injury after an incident near Pure Nightclub in Jacksonville earlier in the morning. Additional details were not disclosed.
"We are in the process of gathering information about what...
It has not been a pleasant Easter holiday for Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.
Per the Florida Times-Union, Knighton injured his eye “at or near” a local area nightclub early Sunday morning, and underwent what appears to be emergency surgery to repair whatever damage had been done.
The team is aware of the incident, releasing a statement on their official Twitter account...
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Thomas told the Florida Times-Union that the prior coaching staff may be at fault for the poor production, as Jacksonville’s receiving...
Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton suffered a serious eye injury at nightclub when he was hit in the face with a vodka bottle, The Florida Times-Union reported Tuesday, citing a source.
Knighton underwent surgery following the attack early Sunday morning at the Pure club in Jacksonville, which the source said was not initiated by the NFL player.
Knighton was sent home later...
Tania Ganguli dropped some relatively good news about Terrance Knighton's eye injury via Twitter earlier today:
Knighton's injury is serious, but should not be career threatening or cause long-term damage. #Jaguars
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) April 10, 2012
On one hand, the Jaguars will be able to continue to see production from Terrance Knighton down the road...