According to Tania Ganguli of The Florida Times-Union, Knighton suffered an injury to his eye early Sunday morning that required surgery to repair.
The Jaguars have said that they are currently investigating the circumstances that led to Knighton’s injury, but Ganguli is reporting that he sustained the injury at Pure nightclub in Jacksonville. He has since had surgery at Baptist Medical Center.
The severity of Knighton’s injury remains unknown, but the fact that immediate surgery was required should give you a clue as to how serious the injury is.
Knighton is entering the last year of his rookie contract and reported to offseason workouts this week 20 pounds lighter than he was last season to show his commitment to controlling his weight which has gotten away from him at times during his young career. Jaguars general manager Gene Smith has expressed concern over Knighton’s weight issues which could effect the team’s willingness to give him a long-term contract next offseason.
Now Knighton has another obstacle to overcome in order to get a new contract with the Jaguars.
The Jaguars selected Knighton in the third round back in the 2009 NFL Draft and he has been an important anchor for the Jaguars defense since arriving in Jacksonville. He and former first-round pick Tyson Alualu have made running up the middle against the Jaguars defense a nightmare.
Even though it is only April, the Jaguars are hoping their defense has not sustained a major loss for the 2012 season.