Aug 16, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) celebrates after making a sack during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
What does the loss of Jadeveon Clowney mean to the Houston Texans as they put aside the jubilation of beating the Redskins and start focusing on beating the Oakland Raiders? He’s out for a minimum of four to six weeks with a tear to his meniscus and sprained MCL. The play was routine, Clowney jumped to try and block a pass and landed funny. Clowney will get the MRI results tomorrow and most likely under go surgery early this week to start the healing process.
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The biggest thing the Texans lose, if the services of their first round draft pick. While he didn’t do much against the Redskins prior to leaving the game directly, he was someone they had to be very wary of. With Clowney out, teams are going to be free to focus on Watt much as the did last year. The Texans will have to have Whitney Mercilus and Brooks Reed provide a real threat to take the heat off Watt or at least take advantage of the added attention Watt is certain to draw. Reed and Mercilus both played well against the Redskins, but last season the big problem they both had was being consistent.
The Texans will adjust, other teams will adjust, and Jadeveon Clowney will get time to prove he’s serious about being a great player. While this set back is most unwelcome, his return around the bye week should provide for a nice punch to the defense just in time for teams to think they had the Texans defense figured out.
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