Jadeveon Clowney making progress, may play Monday night


The Texans may finally get the No. 1 overall pick back on the field on Monday night.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien says Jadeveon Clowney, the rookie pass rusher who has been sidelined since a Week One knee injury, is continuing to improve and looking like he has a shot of playing when the Texans take on the Steelers on Monday.

“He’s progressing,” O’Brien told Texans Radio. “He’s working really hard to get back and I would say it’s 50/50. Yeah, I think we have a long time here to get ready for Pittsburgh, longer than normal so hopefully, that bodes well for him being ready to go but I can’t guarantee you that he’ll be here for Pittsburgh.”

When Clowney first suffered the injury on the opening Sunday of the season, the Texans indicated he’d be out 4-6 weeks. Monday will be exactly six weeks since he had arthroscopic knee surgery, so if he’s not ready to go Monday, that would indicate this turned out to be a more serious injury than the Texans first believed. It makes sense for the Texans to take it slow and be cautious with their talented rookie, but it will be a bit of a disappointment if Monday turns out not to be the night when he makes his return.

19 responses to “Jadeveon Clowney making progress, may play Monday night

  1. Big fan of J.J. Watt. I’m excited to this guy line up along side him on that line. Hopefully, he can stay on the field.

    As good as Clowney’s stock has been, I think J.J. Watt is the better prospect and the better athlete, and not because J.J. never takes a play off although that helps. J.J. Watt weighs more and still has to be quick, explosive, agile and well conditioned. He’s an awe-inspiring player and a lot of fun to watch.

  2. Hes no Mario Williams.

    Was not a good year to have the top pick.

    I do wish him the best of luck though. I wouldnt wish an injury on my worst enemy. I want to see every team at full strength. I hate playing the Cowboys when theyre missing a piece. I wish it were possible to eliminate ACL tears, torn achilles, and other ailments that can sideline a player for a year or even their career.

    The 49ers playing this season without Bowman is the perfect example. That was a nasty injury. And I genuinely feel bad for the guy.

  3. Why does he have to be a bust? He has an amazing supporting cast surrounding him – J.J is a beast – saw that sadly when The Bills played against The Texans and Ryan Fitzpatrick beat us.

  4. He was hurt in college …he was hurt at the draft…he is still hurt and will always be getting paid for being hurt ! He accomplished his goal gettin paid Ray Charles can see this !

  5. Clowney is a beast in every respect. While Oakland Raiders OLB Khalil Mack possesses a nearly identical skill-set, he has been under-utilized, misused & horribly coached by the likes of the (thankfully now EX Raiders HC Dennis (the Racist, inept, lackwitted, vicious brat) Allen, particularly with respect to the pass-rush. In stark contrast, Jadeveon managed to demonstrate in limited pre-season action that he is an extremely talented, well-coached, deadly & dangerous weapon as a pass-rush specialist & his presence on the Texan’s D alongside the likes of J.J. Watt & Brian Cushing will indeed make the Houston D look absolutely terrifying to opposing quarterbacks.

    The Texans should get Clowney into the line-up as soon as possible so he can quickly (and finally) begin to demonstrate the reason why he was taken 1st overall in one of the deepest drafts in NFL history.

  6. I don’t expect him to play. He hasn’t practiced this week so though he may be ready to go physically, I think OB will hold him out until he’s had a full week of practice.

    Look for him back against the Titans next week.

  7. Hey, if he gets hurt again, then i can see the doubt in him but as of now, the Texans could have came up big.

  8. Can’t wait to hear Steelers fans excuses when they lose this game… Whether he plays or not…

  9. Lets keep him off the field for another game. I don’t see what it hurts, lets be honest, this team isn’t going to the sb.. Lets make sure our top draft pick isn’t coming back early for no reason.

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