July 28 2011; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Tyson Alualu (93) hits some practice dummies during the team

Tyson Alualu Feels More Healthy This Offseason Than Any Other

Injuries can hamper the best careers.  They can kill mediocre careers before they even have a chance to be among the best ones.  Jaguars defensive end Tyson Alualu has struggled with a nagging injury to his knee for the past couple seasons and that has, presumably, contributed to his modest success at defensive tackle so far in his career.

Well, the knee isn’t bothering Alualu much anymore.

Along with his new position at defensive end, Alualu is no longer nursing his sore knee.  Per John Oehser of the team’s website, Alualu has stated that his knee is feeling better.  In fact, it is feeling better than any of the previous offseasons he has been in the NFL.

This is great news for the Jags, especially since they desperately need better defensive line play to succeed.  Alualu’s new position should be a more comfortable fit for him, but the comfort level should increase dramatically with a comparatively fresh knee to rely on.  I’m excited to see what he can do at defensive end and even more excited to see what he can do with both his legs working well.

- Luke N. Sims

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