Terrance Knighton needs surgery after eye injury

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Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reports that Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton required eye surgery after an “incident” that occurred early Sunday morning. Per Ganguli, Knighton sustained the injury at a Jacksonville nightclub.

Further details are unavailable.

Knighton, who’s entering the last year of his rookie contract, has spent the offseason slimming down in an effort to earn a big-money extension. Jaguars G.M. Gene Smith has assured Knighton that he’ll be “set for life” if he gets his conditioning under control and plays to the level the club expects.

The eye injury is an obstacle Knighton will now have to overcome in his pursuit of a long-term deal.