The Houston Texans had a sold outing during their 2015 NFL preseason debut Saturday night, and after the game head coach Bill O’Brien reminded the fans of more good news for the team.
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After a 23-10 victory over the visiting San Francisco 49ers, the coach said that the team will have outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney on the field for practice on Monday. John McClain, one of the biggest voices for the Texans confirmed the reports that Clowney will be a participant.
"O’Brien said after the 23-10 victory over San Francisco that Clowney will be on the practice field Monday.“It won’t be a full practice, but he’ll be out there,” O’Brien said.Clowney is recovering from microfracture surgery on his knee. Once he’s taken off the active/physically unable to perform list, he can begin practicing on a limited basis."
After such a serious surgery even the limited basis is a gigantic step for Clowney this quickly, as it has been roughly just 8 months since the first overall pick from 2014 had the invasive procedure done, which some times can take closer to a year to recover from.
Even if Clowney is not his usual self for a while, the added presence of the 6’5″ linebacker who tips the scales at 265 pounds will be a plus for this defense that struggled to get to the quarterback in 2014.
After taking the pass rushing specialist out of South Carolina, Houston only received four games and seven tackles for their investment in year one. The team managed only 38 sacks on the year, which placed them 19th out of 32 NFL teams.
The Texans will take their time with Clowney and allow him to come back slowly to ensure he is as healthy as possible in hopes that he can one day be able to help the team climb the ranks and finish better as a team when it comes to getting to the opponents passers.