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Jaguars DT Tyson Alualu finally feeling healthy again

Jaguars defensive tackle Tyson Alualu says he has never felt better since coming into the NFL.

John Grieshop

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Tyson Alualu appears to be putting his chronic knee issue behind him. After Alualu put forth a strong effort against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 10, he admitted that he's feeling as healthy as ever (via the Jaguars' official site):

"That's probably the best I've felt -- it is the best I've felt -- since I've been in the league," Alualu said this week as the Jaguars (1-8) prepared to play the Houston Texans (8-1) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, Sunday at 1 p.m.

Alualu filled up the stat sheet in the loss to the Colts, finishing with five tackles, one sack, a tackle for loss, a quarterback hurry and a pass defended. The performance showed much of the promise that prompted Jaguars general manager Gene Smith to draft the defensive tackle No. 10 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Alualu has started all 41 games in his two-plus seasons with the Jaguars, but a knee issue has bothered him his entire NFL career. He finally underwent microfracture surgery early this offseason, limiting his time in camp.

But now that Alualu is healthy, he and the Jaguars hope he can realize that massive potential.

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