JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Terrance Knighton’s vision is nearly back to normal and his waistline is smaller than it’s been in years.
Both are encouraging signs for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Although Knighton remains on the physically unable to perform list, the run-stuffing defensive tackle has been a pleasant surprise for the Jaguars in training camp. The player nicknamed “Pot Roast” showed up weighing “sub-330 pounds” and with vision that is closing in on perfect.
“I feel great and I’m just ready to get out there now,” Knighton said.
That’s welcome news since there were serious concerns about his health just three months ago.
Knighton injured his left eye while trying to break up a bar fight in early April. Knighton was hit on the top of his head with a bottle, which shattered, and a piece of glass cut his eye.
The lineman needed staples in his head and stitches in his eye. He temporarily lost vision and required a second eye surgery to remove a cataract that formed for protection. His vision slowly returned and has steadily improved with every optometrist visit. At an appointment last week, he was able to read some letters on the 20/20 line. He has 20/15 vision in his right eye.
“The doctor is very happy with the progress, and there’s nothing really holding me back now from being out there,” Knighton said.
The Jaguars are being cautious, though. They don’t want to risk putting him in contact drills until his eye is fully healed. He has eight stiches left to be removed.