Houston Texans rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney suffered a meniscus tear in the second quarter of his team's Week 1 17-6 win over the Washington Redskins on Sept. 7. He will undergo further testing on Monday but the possibility of arthroscopic surgery remains.
Jadeveon Clowney suffered a mensicus tear in the Houston Texans' 17-6 win over the Washington Redskins in Week 1 action on Sept. 7.
According to ESPN Houston Texans reporter Tania Ganguli, Clowney suffered the injury during the second quarter. A league source told her colleague, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Clowney could undergo arthroscopic surgery:
"The Texans fear outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney suffered a meniscus tear Sunday against the Washington Redskins that could require arthroscopic surgery, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
"Sources told ESPN's Ed Werder that Clowney suffered an MCL injury. He'll undergo further testing on Monday.
"Clowney left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury after landing awkwardly on the ground and did not return in the second half. Clowney looked visibly upset as he walked into the Texans' locker room with a trainer.
"Coach Bill O'Brien didn't provide much information on Clowney's health after the game.
"'We're consulting with doctors and trainers right now,' O'Brien said. 'I'm not sure about the status, but I will say right now that they think it's a good prognosis, so it looks like he's going to be OK. He may miss some time, he may not. Who knows? We'll know better as the week goes on.'
"Before he left the game, Clowney had one tackle for a loss of nine yards on a reverse to wide recevier DeSean Jackson.
"The draft's first overall pick dealt with two separate injuries prior to the season. He had a sports hernia surgically repaired in June and returned early in training camp after his recovery. Clowney also missed two weeks after sustaining a concussion from a helmet-to-helmet hit during a practice against the Denver Broncos. He sustained that injury on Aug. 20.
"The Texans won, 17-6."
Clowney could sit out four to six weeks, per The Houston Chronicle's Brian T. Smith:
"Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft, tore his meniscus in the Texans' season-opening 17-6 victory against the Washington Redskins at NRG Stadium.
"Clowney will have an MRI on his knee Monday to determine a timetable for his return. He could miss four to six weeks of action and is expected to undergo surgery.
"Texans coach Bill O'Brien said postgame the team is evaluating Clowney and did not have an update about his status.
"'I don't know what happened on the field,' O'Brien said. 'I'm not sure what happened on that one. We're consulting with the doctors and trainers right now...I will say right now that they think it's a good prognosis, so it looks like he's going to be OK. He may miss some time, he may not. Who knows? We'll know better as the week goes on.'"
Despite Clowney's absence in the second half, Texans running back Arian Foster carried the load on the ground with 103 rushing yards to help Houston seal the win over Washington, notes Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official website:
"If there were any doubts about Arian Foster's health following his back surgery, he laid them to rest in the Texans' season opener.
"'He did a good job,' head coach Bill O'Brien said after the game. 'He got some really tough yards. It's hard to run the ball against Jim Haslett's defense with those players there. Their defensive line and their linebackers, (Brian) Orakpo and (Ryan) Kerrigan, I mean it's hard to run the football there. I thought Arian got every inch that he could out of the running game and he meant a lot to our team today.'
"Foster took on a hefty workload, carrying the ball 27 times for 103 yards in Houston's 17-6 win over Washington. It was the first time he saw action since November 3, 2013. Foster was limited in his training camp reps and did not play a single preseason game heading into this season.
"'It was tough sledding out there today,' Foster said. 'It was one of those games where they were stacking and it was hard to get yards, but I felt good. The cohesiveness of our unit is going to start showing after a while. This is the first time we've been out there as an offensive unit together, so I'm pretty proud of what we did.'"
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