Jadeveon Clowney Benched by Houston Due to Knee Injury
Houston Texans have announced in their website that they have decided to give Jadeveon Clowney a break after suffering an injury on his knee. The break was necessary because the outside linebacker is supposed to go through a surgery to correct the knee.
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Head coach Bill O'Brien pointed out that the player is not fit to get back into the field because he needs to be operated on his right knee. "He will have surgery on his right knee," coach O'Brien said. "We think it's in the best interests of JD, and our team right now, to do that."
The season has therefore ended early for Clowney. There is no guarantee that his knee will heal before the beginning of the next season. Despite that, O'Brien is optimistic that Clowney will not be away for long because Texans need him than ever before.
"As soon as he is able to, he will start rehabbing his knee," O'Brien said. "He will rehab very hard and he'll be back at some point in the near future." Injuries have really been a stumbling block for Clowney. He used to play for South Carolina Gamecock and since he was signed in by Texans back in May, he has only participated in four games.
The Texans can boldly say that they are yet to see the best days of Clowney. One month after being brought in, the star had to go through an operation to remove a sport related hernia. He later experienced concussions which cost him a few matches in the off season. Besides that, he had to face the surgeon's knife to correct an injured knee.
Though no one wants to be unwell, if things continue this way, the Texans could regret for having drafted him. Regardless of the injuries, Clowney managed to record seven tackles three of which were not positive.
Clowney has been trying his best to prove that he can still be counted on. After being operated on his knee in September, he was away for seven weeks but came back in the eighth week when Texans emerged winners at Tennessee. Though he managed to play, he had not healed completely which caused him to experience soreness that saw him being benched in the week that followed.
Perhaps Texans are buying time so that he can fully recover from his injuries because he has been on and off the field which does not add any value to the team. According to Romeo Crennel who is the team's defensive coordinator, Texans have already picked another player, Whitney Mercilus to replace Clowney. This is because the game has to go on despite Clowney's absence.
"That's all we can do, is hope that he can get healthy," Crennel said. "Because when he's healthy, we know what he's capable of." The replacement has so far recorded four sacks, seven tackles besides 10 quarterback hits since taking over.