Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Tyson Alualu was in a walking boot after being injured in the team’s 38-27 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, but said he has every intention of playing in the Jaguars’ season finale this week.
Alualu suffered an ankle injury early in Sunday’s loss, but was able to finish the game. On Monday, he was in a boot, but said it was more of a precaution than a necessity.
A six-year veteran, Alualu has never missed a game in his NFL career, having appeared in 95 straight contests.
“I’m playing Sunday,” Alualu said. “I’m practicing Wednesday. I was walking around limping a little bit. They don’t want that. This (boot) is precautionary, making sure things don’t get worse – that I don’t tweak it walking to the car.”
The 28-year-old Alualu has 23 tackles and 2.0 sacks this season.
“I don’t care how many consecutive games I’ve played,” Alualu said. “I was always taught that if you can go play and be out there with your teams, you do.”
The Jaguars close out their season with a road game against the Houston Texans on Sunday.