Alualu Surgery Report
By Tania Ganguli
INDIANAPOLIS — If all goes as planned, for the first time in his professional career, Jaguars defensive tackle Tyson Alualu will play with healthy knees next season.
Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said Friday that Alualu had surgery on his right knee, a joint he injured in the preseason of his rookie year.
“Anxious to see how he is when he feels 100 percent,” Mularkey said from the NFL Scouting Combine. “… When we played him when I was with Atlanta, he was a disruptive player on that knee and here’s a guy that’s going to hopefully come back full speed and see how much more he can improve from it. I think he should be ready to go by the time we get to camp.”
The surgery was to clean out his knee. Alualu had hoped he wouldn’t need it.
Alualu finished the 2011 season with 81 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one fumble recovery. He has started 32 games the past two seasons.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars began negotiations with defensive end Jeremy Mincey this week at the combine. Mincey is due to be an unrestricted free agent on March 13 at 4 p.m., unless the Jaguars re-sign him.
Mincey had a breakout season in 2011. He played in all 16 games and for 942 snaps at a position which usually sees more rotation. He had 101 tackles and eight sacks — a career high.
Talks with kicker Josh Scobee have progressed and the two sides exchanged contract proposals. Though both Scobee and the Jaguars have expressed interest in reaching a long-term deal, there was still a significant gap between the two sides on Friday.
Scobee made 92 percent of his field goals in 2011.
The Jaguars also plan to meet with the agents for cornerback Rashean Mathis and safety Dwight Lowery.
Mathis, a longtime starter, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in November.
Lowery joined the Jaguars in a preseason trade and started 11 games, was a backup in two others and missed three with shoulder stinger.
The Jaguars finished last season with 31 players on injured reserve and Mularkey said the team will monitor each of them and check in more formally on their progress some time next month.
“We’re still going through the roster, not making any changes as of yet,” Mularkey said when asked specifically about the futures of defensive ends Matt Roth and Aaron Kampman with the Jaguars. “We’re trying to get our free agents addressed first. We’re going to let some of these guys heal that ended up on IR. And some have passed, some have not passed, but we’re going to address it at some point.”
Kampman had his third knee surgery in three years last season and Mularkey said his rehab was going well. Roth had a severe concussion that was still giving him headaches six weeks after it happened.