Terrance Knighton has undergone eye surgery following an incident early Sunday morning.
Knighton, a third-round selection by the Jaguars in the 2009 NFL Draft, underwent the surgery at Baptist Medical Center Sunday. According to a statement released by the team late Sunday afternoon he is recovering from surgery.
"We are in the process of gathering information about what happened and are not able to further comment at this time," the statement read. "Our concern and our focus is on Terrance and his health and recovery."
Knighton, the 72nd selection in the '09 draft, started the first 40 games of his NFL career, a streak that ended when he missed three games this past November with an ankle injury. He has started 45 games in three seasons, registering 198 tackles (119 solo), 5.5 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one INT and six passes defensed.
Knighton through the first three seasons of his career has been one of the AFC's top young tackles, and along with 2010 first-round selection Tyson Alualu has formed one of the league's best defensive tackle tandems the past two seasons. This past season, the duo was key to the Jaguars' defensive turnaround, with the team finishing sixth in the league in total defense.
Knighton has registered 63 quarterback pressures – 23 in each of his first two seasons and 17 last season.