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Report: Upset Clowney left stadium when declared inactive

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Texans pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney isn’t playing today against the Chiefs, and he isn’t staying to watch his teammates, either.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Clowney was upset with Texans coach Bill O’Brien for deciding to make him inactive for today’s game. Clowney thought his injured foot was feeling good enough to give it a go, but O’Brien told him he’d be sitting out. Clowney’s reaction? He left the stadium.

That’s not a great sign for a team that has already gone through one high-profile incident with an immature player not being where he was supposed to be: Ryan Mallett went from starting quarterback to backup quarterback to off the team entirely after failing to show up for a team flight.

The Texans aren’t going to cut Clowney, the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. But they’re already frustrated that injuries have limited his production, and they’ll surely be frustrated with his actions today as well.

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  1. 12444uggg says: Jan 9, 2016 3:17 PM

    Lol, this is just the start for the Texans today.

  2. classyjacklambert says: Jan 9, 2016 3:17 PM

    I wonder how bad he injured himself walking out…

  3. medialovesthecowboys says: Jan 9, 2016 3:18 PM

    Going to Dallas in 5…4…3…2……

  4. jimmysee says: Jan 9, 2016 3:18 PM

    This guy forgot he is a member of a team. It’s really a cliche — but there is no “I” in TEAM.

    He’s deserving of a fine and suspention.

  5. lscottman3 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:18 PM

    Oh HE WANTS to play?

    Never would have guessed

  6. wannabeqb says: Jan 9, 2016 3:18 PM

    It’s not exactly the same. Clowney wanted to play, to help his team when they needed him hardly a bad thing. Just a little immaturity that I’m sure both sides will move on from quickly.

  7. djaehne says: Jan 9, 2016 3:19 PM

    He went to go talk to Mallet.

  8. eloso1 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:20 PM

    Even Robert Griffin didn’t behave like that entitled brat. How do NFL franchises/coaches deal with that. Is that something he can be suspended for without pay whether it’s next game or first game of next season. That crap can’t be tolerated

  9. arwiv says: Jan 9, 2016 3:21 PM

    Khalil Mack is going to haunt the texans forever….and the sad thing is that a lot of people said Mack should have been the pick leading up to the draft. This will go down as being worse than the Saints picking George Rogers in 1981.

  10. randygnyc says: Jan 9, 2016 3:22 PM

    Johnny football was waiting in the parking lot for him. Have 3pm flight to Vegas they gotta catch.

  11. bigdad10359 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:22 PM

    “Listed as Doubtful” should be his middle name

  12. DaveKShape says: Jan 9, 2016 3:22 PM

    Never before has one single play over-inflated a player’s true value so much.

  13. shlort says: Jan 9, 2016 3:23 PM

    Why not cut him? Because he was a 1st rounder? He isn’t very productive and is injury prone. Coming out of college there was talk about his ability to commit at the professional level. I suppose his rookie contract is worth the investment to see if he comes around. By the time he will need to be resigned or let go, no one will want to take a chance on him. Bust.

  14. drlightning says: Jan 9, 2016 3:23 PM

    So he is traded to the Cowboys or Browns in the off season. Only question which organization is going to be foolish enough to offer a 1st round pick.

  15. laffers says: Jan 9, 2016 3:23 PM

    Just another NFL Prima Donna!

  16. duffelbagsports says: Jan 9, 2016 3:23 PM

    I’d rather have a guy pissed off he’s not playing than somebody who could care less.

  17. tccoats says: Jan 9, 2016 3:23 PM

    Baby
    Brat
    Bust

    Texans want a do over on the 2014 Draft

  18. jabooin44 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:23 PM

    not gonna get that game day check either

  19. philyeagles5 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:24 PM

    Teams need to stop drafting 4-3 players for a 3-4 system. They’re just destroying careers.

  20. mmack66 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:25 PM

    drlightning says:
    Jan 9, 2016 3:23 PM

    So he is traded to the Cowboys or Browns in the off season. Only question which organization is going to be foolish enough to offer a 1st round pick.
    ————————————

    The Texans.

  21. whenwilliteverend says: Jan 9, 2016 3:26 PM

    Fragile body, fragile head. Sounds like he’ll play only when he wants to play, i.e., when his contract year comes around so he can ripoff another team for a lot of money so he can miss games for a hangnail and because of an upset tummy. What a joke.

  22. brett9990 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:26 PM

    Dude’s an injury prone bust, but hey, have you seen how high he jumped at the combine!?

  23. thermanmerman99 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:27 PM

    Not cutting him because he was drafted in the 1st round?? So Trent Richardson should still be on a roster? What sense does that statement make?

  24. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Jan 9, 2016 3:29 PM

    Clowney should change his last name to OUT

  25. jackbassett says: Jan 9, 2016 3:29 PM

    jimmysee says:

    Jan 9, 2016 3:18 PM

    This guy forgot he is a member of a team. It’s really a cliche — but there is no “I” in TEAM.

    ___________

    But there is an M and an E.

  26. dualprime says: Jan 9, 2016 3:29 PM

    Clowney can go watch the game with the Colts players.

  27. daveshingle says: Jan 9, 2016 3:30 PM

    What does he need to be there for after being declared out?

  28. realdealsteel says: Jan 9, 2016 3:30 PM

    Clowney doesn’t fit the Texans defense. Need to trade him while he has value.

  29. seriously423 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:31 PM

    i’m sure the clown owner will support him

  30. adimuz95 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:31 PM

    Jan 9, 2016 3:18 PM
    Going to Dallas in 5…4…3…2
    ___________________
    lol he hasn’t beaten up his mom or girlfriend so not sure he would be a good fit for your disgraceful franchise

  31. jag1959 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:31 PM

    $5oM talent, $5 body, 50¢ head

  32. bowenfootdoc2013 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:32 PM

    Trade him to Dallas so he can line up with Greg Hardy.
    Take any body that can stay on the field in return – much better than a diva that only shows now and then.

  33. toldlikeitis says: Jan 9, 2016 3:32 PM

    Overrated clap clap clap clap clap

    Said it while he was in college – one of the biggest ESPN hype jobs in recent memory all because he tackled that Michigan rb in the backfield – his whole draft stock was based on that. I said it before the draft and I am saying it again.

    It’s amazing how dumb the gms and scouts are.

  34. bigdad10359 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:32 PM

    Houston Texans…..Masters of Mediocrity

  35. tommykramer9 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:32 PM

    Guess he’ll just go have drinks with Johnny Football…….

  36. txndave says: Jan 9, 2016 3:33 PM

    Kicking ourselves every day down here in the H because we passed up on Khalil Mack…

  37. indymarc says: Jan 9, 2016 3:33 PM

    And yet he will still get a game check.

  38. myspaceyourface says: Jan 9, 2016 3:34 PM

    There is no “I” in team but there is won in W”I”N

  39. sandman34rt says: Jan 9, 2016 3:34 PM

    Bill O’Brian has a butt chin

  40. kissmysandwich says: Jan 9, 2016 3:34 PM

    Perhaps the most predictable bust in the history of the NFL. Guy blows up one running play in college and all of the sudden he’s the next Reggie White? I will never understand why people get so enamored with physical stature. It has nothing to do with whether or not a guy can actually play football.

    It’s like how people want to think Carr is better than Bridgewatter because he put’s up big numbers and has the more prototypical throwing style. The reality of the situation is Carr loves to throw awful picks in the red-zone and hangs his team out to dry about once every game whereas Bridgwatter rarely makes the big turn-over and his team is 11-5 and in the playoffs. Not to mention Bridgewatter may have the worst receiving core in the league. Definitely bottom 10 for sure.

  41. tjacks7 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:36 PM

    Not sure how the Texans missed the memo when Clowney’s own college coach basically said “draft this heartless bum at your own risk.”

  42. dickjagger says: Jan 9, 2016 3:38 PM

    Trade him immediately! They may be able to get a high pick and try again. As long as that pick contributes, then it’s all good. I’m sure there’s a GM (whomever Cleveland just hired) somewhere that believes he can still be great and would probably give a first rounder for him.

  43. cafetero1075 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:38 PM

    Thank Goodness, they have that Jamarcus Russell rule about rookie pay. If not this guy would of took $100M to the bank for 1 great hit in college.

  44. screamingsheep69 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:39 PM

    The Ol’ Ball Coach tried to tell you.

  45. codythao35 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:39 PM

    Not if he plays for the Vikings. Zimmer can get the best out if him. I’d ask to be traded if I’m him.

  46. bearssuck says: Jan 9, 2016 3:41 PM

    I knew this dude was going to be a bust. What a bum.

  47. natijim235 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:42 PM

    laughing all the way to the bank – will be broke whenever he retires

  48. rjpats says: Jan 9, 2016 3:48 PM

    Really? He wasn’t drafted this year? Weird. Seems like he just got in the league…probably because he hasn’t played a full season and hasn’t done anything

  49. joetoronto says: Jan 9, 2016 3:48 PM

    This is what you get when you decide to draft a guy first overall because of one big hit.

  50. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Jan 9, 2016 3:51 PM

    Did he have a seat ? Maybe he was in section 315 it’s really windy up there .

  51. footballinsider says: Jan 9, 2016 3:52 PM

    It’s officially doubtful he ever really left the stadium.

  52. johnnyballsack says: Jan 9, 2016 3:53 PM

    I never would have seen something like this coming when he was drafted. He seemed like such an upstanding young man who was the consummate team player.

  53. thepackerpoet says: Jan 9, 2016 3:54 PM

    The whole AFC is a joke this year!

  54. byrnestj7 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:55 PM

    He may have just needed to cool off

  55. acdcubz says: Jan 9, 2016 3:55 PM

    Possibly had a bonus in his contract when it comes to playoff games? Why wouldn’t the coach want one of his best players available even for just a few snaps?

  56. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 9, 2016 3:57 PM

    daveshingle says:
    Jan 9, 2016 3:30 PM
    What does he need to be there for after being declared out?
    —————

    Exactly! Not all teams require inactives to hang around for home games. This might be nothing

  57. guachosporlife says: Jan 9, 2016 3:57 PM

    Still hasn’t made a play since that one play in college.

  58. cambodianbreastmilk says: Jan 9, 2016 3:58 PM

    I hope it costs this hack his playoff check.

  59. sansbushman says: Jan 9, 2016 3:59 PM

    He wanted to be cut so he can double dip with a new contract. Some agents actually advise their first-rounder clients to find way to get out of their rookie contract.

    If he got cut, he still get his $22M guaranteed, for just two years services (half of the time was injury).

  60. doubleogator says: Jan 9, 2016 4:03 PM

    “This will go down as being worse than the Saints picking George Rogers in the 1981 draft”

    Yes I know they passed on Lawrence Taylor, and I’m sure in hindsight they wished they’d picked LT, but Rogers did lead the NFL in rushing his first year with over 1600 yards, I wouldn’t call that a “bad” pick…

  61. jssebastian2014 says: Jan 9, 2016 4:04 PM

    Texans are in serious business mode. They don’t want any Clowneying around before the most important game of their season.

  62. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Jan 9, 2016 4:05 PM

    I saw an Upset Clowney and it freaked my daughter out .

  63. ebdug says: Jan 9, 2016 4:07 PM

    You have to wonder if Clowney is good to go and O’Brian just wants some other starter for this game.

  64. thraiderskin says: Jan 9, 2016 4:08 PM

    For the right price, he would look good with his hand in the dirt opposite of Mack… Naturally, being in Silver and Black goes without saying.

  65. thermanmerman99 says: Jan 9, 2016 4:08 PM

    When will screamin a. Smith go on the rampage and call O’Brien and the entire organization racists? The countdown is on

  66. duncanthecat says: Jan 9, 2016 4:11 PM

    Cone on folks. He was just sent on a donut run. Nothing to get worked up sbout.

  67. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Jan 9, 2016 4:12 PM

    It was punitive to cost him cash

  68. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Jan 9, 2016 4:14 PM

    Ray Lewis’s mouth moves when he’s not talking

  69. granadafan says: Jan 9, 2016 4:20 PM

    Yeah, this is going to end well.

  70. kayakattack says: Jan 9, 2016 4:23 PM

    That’s why you don’t Draft ESPN’s favorite player over 3 franchise QB’s

  71. dejadoh says: Jan 9, 2016 4:23 PM

    Since this game is smartly being broadcast on ABC (as well as espn) maybe I can see the Clown on the sideline.

  72. dbot1800 says: Jan 9, 2016 4:23 PM

    Per John McClain on twitter, “Clowney has known since after practice Wednesday he wasn’t playing. Left stadium to take tickets to family.”

    So this is just another horrible report by ESPN.

  73. billsrule2015 says: Jan 9, 2016 4:27 PM

    Bet the texans now wish they could have taken Sammy Watkins instead of Clowney. Imagine having Watkins and Deandre Hopkins on the same team!

  74. bucsorbust says: Jan 9, 2016 4:35 PM

    Maybe he just Clowney around…

    Man, I crack myself up sometimes.

  75. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Jan 9, 2016 4:38 PM

    Chiefs win

  76. jrossizzle says: Jan 9, 2016 4:38 PM

    Texans will join him in 4 hours

  77. bondlake says: Jan 9, 2016 5:01 PM

    Clowney is a cancer.

    Cut him.

    And when he goes to another team, watch the cancer spread.

  78. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 9, 2016 5:24 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen, the modern day Courtney Brown!

  79. Panthers5958 says: Jan 9, 2016 5:26 PM

    This guy forgot he is a member of a team. It’s really a cliche — but there is no “I” in TEAM.

    Actually there is a I in TEAM, it’s in the letter A.

  80. djbg2002 says: Jan 9, 2016 6:05 PM

    You can’t spell Clowney without clown

  81. tylawspick6 says: Jan 9, 2016 6:13 PM

    What an absolute bust. I remember when he took himself out of games at South Carolina to protect his draft status, which means he ONLY cares about money.

    Horrendous draft pick.

    Rick Smith should be fired. He’s done a terrible job in Houston.

  82. gomybirdsgo says: Jan 9, 2016 6:24 PM

    While i agree injuries have really hurt Clowny, i still think his biggest NFL issue is they having him playing linebacker… He just isn’t that guy. He is a 4-3 end plain and simple. The Texans never should have taken a guy number 1 when he didn’t fit what they do.

  83. harbourimages says: Jan 9, 2016 9:15 PM

    Don’t think he would have helped much today anyway. What a slaughter! ZERO points from O’Brien, the “Offensive genius.” Geesh!

  84. Ugadogs21 says: Jan 10, 2016 12:45 AM

    He didnt really want to play.

  85. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jan 10, 2016 2:54 AM

    99% of you, if told your not needed here today at work, and already knew you where getting paid anyway, would burn rubber.

    eloso1 says:
    Jan 9, 2016 3:20 PM
    Even Robert Griffin didn’t behave like that entitled brat. How do NFL franchises/coaches deal with that. Is that something he can be suspended for without pay whether it’s next game or first game of next season. That crap can’t be tolerated

    What inference is one to draw from an example such as this? Why would Robert Griffin III be used as an example? Because he plays football? No. Because he’s a defensive end? No. Because he is African American, and in your mind, a malcontent? Bingo. A feakin former teammate of Clowney’s, who happens to be of European ancestry, a few short weeks ago, pulled one of the biggest b I t c h moves in the history of the league, and is probably laughing his a$$ off at this very moment because of the result of the game, while already being tacitly forgiven for his digressions. I’ll give you this, I’m sure you think you’re not racist and the vast majority of professional football philosophers here would hardily agree. But I’m here to let y’all know, it ain’t so. Can someone explain to me how a dude, that’s only similarity is, they have the same skin color, gets drug I to this as opposed to Mallet?

  86. dreadnok89 says: Jan 10, 2016 9:02 AM

    It’s not exactly the same. Clowney wanted to play, to help his team when they needed him hardly a bad thing. Just a little immaturity that I’m sure both sides will move on from quickly.

    ——————–

    Always injured and missing practice and does very little. He also has been outplayed by john simon.

  87. rolltide510 says: Jan 10, 2016 12:38 PM

    Blog commenters really get trolled into whatever narrative the author is going for. Sitting on the sideline sulking wishing he could play would have shown character? If it were a road game they wouldn’t have even brought him, but since it’s at home its very important he’s there?

  88. Angry Orange Man says: Jan 11, 2016 8:59 PM

    Next LT? Please…

  89. longtallsam says: Jan 13, 2016 1:45 AM

    toldlikeitis says:
    Jan 9, 2016 3:32 PM
    Overrated clap clap clap clap clap

    Said it while he was in college – one of the biggest ESPN hype jobs in recent memory all because he tackled that Michigan rb in the backfield – his whole draft stock was based on that. I said it before the draft and I am saying it again.

    That’s not quite true. He was super hyped well before that play. The #1 recruit out high school & getting plenty of hype at Usuc, even without that play. But most everyone doubted he had a real passion for the game.

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