Report: Altercation at club caused eye injury

Published Apr. 11, 2012 11:56 a.m. ET

The eye injury to Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton that required surgery resulted from being hit in the face with a bottle during an altercation at a Jacksonville nightclub, according to a report by the Florida Times-Union.

However, the Times-Union report also said Knighton was not the instigator of the altercation, but was trying to break up a fight involving a friend.

Knight issued a Twitter post Tuesday, which read, "Thank you everyone for the support. I plan on making a full recovery. Thank you fans, family and friends."

Knighton was hit in the back of the head and the face during the incident that occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Knighton drove himself to the hospital for emergency surgery later Sunday. It does not appear the injury will cause long-term damage and is not expected to threaten Knight's football career.

Knighton's agent, Tony Fleming, told the Times-Union that Knighton did not throw any punches and was trying to break up a fight. He also told the paper that, contrary to a police report, Knighton did not threaten to shoot anyone.

No arrests were made.

Knighton started 13 games in 2011 and had 17 tackles with 12 assists.