Jadeveon Clowney will play, may start on Saturday

AP

The Texans won’t have two of their veteran offensive starters on Saturday night against the Cardinals, but they will have this year’s first overall pick.

Jadeveon Clowney didn’t practice for three days after leaving last Saturday’s session early, but he was back on the practice field Thursday in order to get ready to play in his first game as a member of the Texans. While Clowney said that he would “hopefully” be in the starting lineup at linebacker, coach Bill O’Brien didn’t offer any insight into the team’s defensive plans.

“He’ll start? Really?” O’Brien said, via CSNHouston.com. “That’s news to me. We’ll find out when the game starts.”

Clowney will not be joined in the lineup by running back Arian Foster or wide receiver Andre Johnson. Both players have been on the sidelines during recent practices and neither one is getting the green light to play in the first preseason game of the year. Neither absence at this point is a big reason to worry, although there’s probably a bit more concern about seeing Foster healthy after last year’s back surgery.