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Jadeveon Clowney practices, will start on Sunday

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The Texans held linebacker Jadeveon Clowney out of the final two preseason games because of an undisclosed injury, but the time has come for the first overall pick of the 2014 draft to return to the field.

Clowney practiced on Wednesday with his Texans teammates and coach Bill O’Brien said that Clowney would be in the starting lineup against Washington on Sunday. Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports that he’ll be joined by Brooks Reed at outside linebacker and Brian Cushing on the inside with the fourth starter to be named later.

Clowney preseason work amounted to 29 snaps, so we haven’t seen too much of him in a Houston uniform. What we have seen shows that his ability to blow up running and passing plays in the backfield came with him from South Carolina and that his pass coverage skills will remain a work in progress as Clowney continues to transition from playing defensive end in college.

O’Brien also announced that Ryan Mallett will be the No. 2 quarterback on Sunday ahead of rookie Tom Savage.

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8 Responses to “Jadeveon Clowney practices, will start on Sunday”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 3, 2014 5:11 PM

    The one player I’m worried about in this game is Desean Jackson… The Texans will have NO answer for him.

    The guys on the radio this morning said our only defense against Jackson will be Watt and Clowney wrecking the backfield.

  2. jtm12180 says: Sep 3, 2014 5:16 PM

    They’re on local tv here in SC…he better be playing!! The USC family is ready to watch!!

  3. longtimefanhtr says: Sep 3, 2014 6:16 PM

    Clowney will force three fumbles by RG No Knees.

  4. holla2626 says: Sep 3, 2014 6:59 PM

    Clowney will outperform JJ

  5. mcconne77 says: Sep 3, 2014 7:04 PM

    Clowney is a bum. He will be out of the NFL in 3 years.

  6. skinsfaninphilly says: Sep 3, 2014 8:14 PM

    As a skins fan..I am very confident in this game..but I do have a major concern..our RT situation is horrible & that’s the side that has to block Watt..I have no idea how we will handle that

  7. iamdinguskhan says: Sep 3, 2014 9:15 PM

    Trent will shut Clowney down. Redskins will run Alfred at Watt to wear him down.
    HTTR

  8. fantom21 says: Sep 3, 2014 11:40 PM

    Watt and Clowney are too disruptive for Jackson to be effective going down the field. We need to implement the same concept we used against the Saints in RG3’s first game as a rookie; quick throws underneath, bubble screens, and a heavy dose of Morris. Gruden can’t risk RG3s health against those two behemoths.

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