Jadeveon Clowney hopes to be cleared by start of camp

AP

No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney hasn’t been cleared to resume activity after sports hernia surgery, but he hopes it won’t be long.

He said he hopes to be cleared by next Saturday, when the Texans begin training camp.

I’m going to try,” Clowney said, via Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle. “That’s the goal, to try to get back. But I don’t know for sure right now. I’m going to let [the trainers] decide. . . .

“It’s still day by day. Just taking one day at a time, letting the trainers decide.”

Clowney had surgery in mid-June to correct a problem that had bothered him throughout the pre-draft process. He said he was returning to Houston this weekend, and would be on hand when rookies report Monday.

While it’s more important to heal fully than to win the perfect attendance prize, Clowney has plenty of work to do to learn to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, something he didn’t do in college.