Houston Texans rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney's knee injury is improving. He has begun running and hopes to take the field soon.
Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney's knee injury is improving.
Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official website reported on Sept. 30 that Clowney is already running and should be back in action in several weeks' time. Clowney sustained the injury during the Week 1 game against the Washington Redskins:
"Jadeveon Clowney's return to action is closer.
"'I'm back on the field running,' Clowney said on Tuesday. 'I think I'll be back in a few weeks. That's the goal.'
"The rookie outside linebacker had knee surgery after getting injured in the Week 1 win over Washington. He's spent the time since then on the rehab process.
"'Right now I'm just taking it day by day,' Clowney said. 'Just trying to get back healthy. Rehab is coming along good. My leg's feeling a lot better. Just taking it one day at a time.'
"The first overall pick was at Lanier Middle School in Houston for an NFL Play 60 community event in which he and safety D.J. Swearinger were encouraging kids to be physically active for at least an hour every day. After the presentation, Clowney met with the media, and described the toughest part of the rehab.
"'I talk to the guys every day,' Clowney said. 'I'm like I'm kind of upset I haven't had a chance to play with you guys right now,' They're like, 'Don't worry about it. It's a long season. Get healthy and help the team when you get back.'
"Clowney said he also misses playing football, and misses 'being out there with my teammates' and 'practicing.'
"The former South Carolina Gamecock also said he's been so anxious to get back on the field that his teammates have reminded him that he was just injured, and needs to 'take it one day at a time.'
"The day after he was injured, head coach Bill O'Brien told the media that Clowney would likely miss four to six weeks."
The Houston Chronicle's Brian T. Smith also reported on Clowney's status in his Sept. 30 article:
"Speaking with the media for the first time since tearing the meniscus in his right knee Sept. 7 during a Week 1 home contest against the Washington Redskins, Clowney playfully introduced himself to reporters by instructing them not to ask questions about the status of his injury, then fielded multiple queries about the status of his injury.
"Clowney, 21, alternately said he doesn't know when he will return, is day-to-day and could come back in three weeks. The 6-foot-5, 266-pound defender was originally placed on a 4-6 week timetable. The Texans haven't provided an update about his status since he underwent surgery.
"'I talk to the guys every day. I'm like,' Man, I'm kind of upset I ain't getting to play wtih you guys right now,' Clowney said.
"Swearinger said it was clear that Clowney has felt the weight of his injury, which has refueled the criticism that shadowed the collegiate defensive end during his Southeastern Conference days.
"'It's been tough for him,' Swearinger said. 'It's tough for anybody...But he'll be ready when he's ready.'
"During the aftermath of Clowney's surgery, some speculated NRG Stadium's turf may have caused the injury. The chatter was ignited by Swearinger, who said Clowney told him the grass played a part.
"Wednesday, Clowney said he didn't hurt his knee because of the turf. He believes the non-contact injury was simply the result of being a football player.
"'I think it's just how I came down on it wrong,' Clowney said.
"The first-year linebacker has dealt with multiple injuries since his final, often criticized season at South Carolina. After being drafted by the Texans, Clowney underwent surgery in June to repair a sports hernia, then missed the team's final two preseason games due to a concussion. He dealt with a groin pull and concussion last year as a Gamecock.
"With the Texans four games into their 2014 season, teammates long used to the perils of NFL life have repeatedly told Clowney his long-term health is more important than a quicker-than-expected return.
"'I keep telling guys, I think I'm ready. I think I'm ready,' Clowney said. 'They're like, Man, you just got injured.'"
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