Should Texans have known about Clowney hernia?


The reported disclosure from Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney that he played through a sports hernia in 2013 raises a potential treasure trove for the dead spot on the NFL calendar.

The Texans currently face plenty of questions and criticism regarding whether they knew or should have known about the hernia.  Given the apparent intricacy and specificity and incongruity (I know that doesn’t fit — I just couldn’t think of a third word that ended with “y”) of the pre-draft process, it seems like teams would, could, and should know whether a guy has a condition for which he ultimately needs surgery.

In Clowney’s case, the Texans have claimed that the injury arose after the draft.  Which means that, if Clowney had the hernia in 2013, they missed it during the pre-draft process.  Aiding the Texans’ position is that at least two other teams that picked in the top 10 didn’t know about Clowney’s hernia.  Hurting the Texans’ position is that at least one other team knew there was a groin issue that may require hernia surgery.

For the Texans, the question becomes far more relevant because they, you know, drafted Clowney.  And that he needed surgery. Complicating the situation for the Texans is that, as Nick Wright of SportsRadio 610 in Houston reminded me on the air earlier today, the move comes a year after the Texans signed safety Ed Reed to a contract that gave him $5 million guaranteed at a time when Reed had a hip problem that the Texans failed to detect during his physical.

Regardless of whether the Texans didn’t know whether Clowney had a hernia, they knew he had a groin issue.  And that put them on notice that perhaps more work should be done.  And the Texans apparently didn’t.


32 responses to “Should Texans have known about Clowney hernia?

  1. They got caught in the (over) hype for the “once in a generation defensive player”. And it’s not the first time.

  2. Its not like Clowney is the only missing piece in Houston. I doubt a sports hernia would have changed anything whether the team knew about it or not. Texans still take the guy #1.

  3. How often did they even talk with the player and can we see a list of questions they asked him? If we can find out everything that they talked about then maybe we can come up with a list of many questions they should have asked that they didn’t ask. And what other methods of research and investigation did they go through, or did they just decide none of that was necessary because the pick was obvious to them? I have for a long time believed that teams don’t really come up with good interview exams, especially when we keep hearing reports about all the dumb questions and inappropriate questions that these teams think are great questions to ask in the first place.

    What teams do have a good interviewer/inspector? I doubt very many.

  4. They should have taken Bortles. If Bortles is a star – Texans are going to get beat by him twice a year and Obrien will be out of a job quickly. Tough spot to be in.

  5. The dude is expected back for the start of training camp. It’s not like he won’t play this year. Much ado about nothing.

  6. What’s the big deal its a sport hernia in which he play with last year. The guy could have sat out the entire year last year but played with the hernia. It has been repaired and he will be ready for training camp.

  7. None issue. Whether they knew of didn’t, he was and should have been the first pick.

    As a matter of fact, his play with a heria tops them all without one.

  8. So we’re gonna be critical of them taking a player that needed a fairly minor procedure that he was able to play thru for an entire season because he may be a minute late for his first training camp?

    If he’s half the talent they say he is this is less than nothing but a nuisance for him over his time off period.

  9. Add this potential wrinkle to the off season that already includes failing to secure a starting caliber QB or complementary WRs to assuage their best offensive player and one must question the thinking processes in the front office in Houston.

  10. I think none of this is a big deal if we didn’t hear endless reports about this guy’s questionable motivation. This is why it’s never good to earn that reputation, because either a) he has a legit injury and people are questioning that, or b) he is exaggerating something to get out of work and people are questioning that anyway. Either way it’s not good for him.

    Once his injury (real or not) is fixed, he REALLY needs to come out gangbusters in camp to right the ship.

  11. I think there is something to this story and it should be looked into.

    Perhaps the Texans should have been more diligent but was any information withheld? And if the injury were pre draft, wouldn’t his college team be on the hook for the medical expenses instead of Texans?

    It’s easy to see why team Clowney wouldn’t want to disclose everything about an injury when they were looking at being the first player drafted.

  12. Choosing a third “-y” word that is also a description of its own inclusion – clever, and well done.

  13. Yes on multiple fronts.

    1. The Texans doctors aren’t good if they miss a hernia. How can you trust anything they say, if they miss something fundamental like this.

    What’s the #1 thing people always talk about when they describe a physical? Turn your head and cough. Yes it’s that fundamental.

    2. He should of known about it, but was more about the money and keeping quiet, instead of out front and open about something relatively minor. You want guys who solve problems, not hide them. This guy went around hiding stuff, and that’s not the type of player you want. Add it to a long list of question marks for this player.

  14. This is more proof that the draft “experts” spend far too much time obsessing about QBs and not enough time focusing on real football players. I’m pretty sure that if Manziel had even so much as a headache in the months leading up to the draft, ESPN and NFLN would’ve been all over it.

  15. They should have taken Jimmy G. with their 2nd round instead of that big fat guy. I love how the Patriots suckered O’Brian into thinking they were in love with Savage. How he was gonna be the next Tom Brady. So they grab Jimmy in the 2nd.

  16. Yes, I think the article is really about the competency of the Texans’ doctors, especially, since they missed Ed Reed’s injury last year.

  17. So where is the concern about Clowney having concealed the injury from parties concerned such as his college coaches, and more importantly potential nfl draft teams? After all, it’s hardly impossible for athletes to hide numerous types of injuries. Seems to me he has some potential liability in this, and could be asked for some of his signing money back. If there isn’t wording regarding this, to some degree, in his new contract I would be somewhat surprised.

  18. or, you know, maybe the Texans knew and wanted him anyway. perhaps they knew he is
    going to be great after surgery, by, you know, healing.

  19. fyi, a “sports hernia” is not actually a hernia. It refers to a muscle injury, not an actual hole in the muscle that allows bowel to poke through (what a doctor is feeling for when you are asked to turn your head and cough). A sports hernia is diagnosed by an MRI, not by a doctor’s physical exam.

  20. IF Clowney is now being honest, and I say that with some skepticism, then all it really does is expose his past lies. He himself told the media a couple weeks ago that this was a recent injury. Not only that, but the Texans medical staff certainly at some point in the physical asked “Is there anything bothering you?” According to Bus Cook, he was bothered enough by this to consider cancelling his pro day, so…

    Congratulations, Jadeveon Clowney, Summa Cum Laude graduate of the “Ed Reed School of Forthrightness”. Awesome.

    Again, that’s IF he is NOW being honest.

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