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.