Texans doctor calls Jadeveon Clowney’s progress “spectacular”

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We’ll see soon enough if the progress is real, but the Texans are using words like “spectacular” to describe the progress of former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney after microfracture surgery.

According to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com, Texans team physician Dr. Walt Lowe said he was very encouraged by Clowney’s progress in an interview with Forbes.com.

“The real goal in the end is to have him be who he was before he got hurt,” Lowe said, which would be nice, considering he played just four games last year because of a right meniscus tear in the opener.

Clowney had surgery the following day and tried to return, but it didn’t go well and he had microfracture on Dec. 8 to repair cartilage damage.

The Texans have used a unique blood flow restriction therapy, which is designed to minimize muscle deficits during the early stages of rehab. Lowe said that a player such as Clowney would have normally lost three or four centimeters of girth around his quadriceps after the surgery, but Clowney had lost only between half a centimeter and one centimeter.

They were already a strong defense without him, but if they could get a pass-rusher of his potential back, it could make a front seven which added nose tackle Vince Wilfork this offseason even more imposing.

31 responses to “Texans doctor calls Jadeveon Clowney’s progress “spectacular”

  1. Clowney’s had some tough breaks since entering the NFL, and I hope this time he’s healed sufficiently to show what he can really do in a professional football setting. If he’s even close to 100%, the Texans are going to be something really fun to watch this year.

  2. Clowney has a lot to prove. Who cares what any Dr. thinks about recovery? He needs to play and play very well or he’ll be another bust. There are no East Carolina’s and Wofford Terriers on this schedule.

  3. xavier179
    Jul 22, 2015, 10:55 AM CDT

    Prove it to me, there are 16 games in the NFL season, why don’t you play at least 14 of them.

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    Yeah, being the “seasoned vet” that he is, it’s absolutely unacceptable that he has yet to play in 14 games yet, NOT EVEN ONCE. This is ridiculous given the numerous opportunities he’s had to accomplish this feat. /s

  4. In Teddy We Trust
    Jul 22, 2015, 11:18 AM CDT
    Is anyone else getting the feeling that we’ll look back on this in a few years and remember Clowney as a colossal bust?

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    Yeah, I get that same feeling about Teddy Bridgewater. Glass houses.

  5. Why does Forbes.com have an article interviewing a doctor about a football player?

  6. If I were a player, I don’t know that I’d be totally convinced that a physician on the team payroll would have my best interests at heart.

  7. For a #1 pick of the NFL Draft, this guy is a bust. Complete fraud. His only play he was unblocked against a pathetic Michigan team.

  8. When the career highlight of last years #1 overall pick is successful offseason surgery, you know you made the wrong pick.
    Hindsight is 20/20, but Khalil Mack was the right pick if Houston had to do it all over again.

  9. Microfracture surgery is one of those things players just don’t come back from. What player has ever been successful long term post Microfracture surgery?

  10. This guy is a physical monster with no heart, drive or love for the game. If he just put a little more focus into his craft he could fall backwards into an All Pro career, sadly I think he’ll bounce around from one coach to another with each believing they’ll be the one to tap into the immense potential.

  11. “Microfracture surgery is one of those things players just don’t come back from. What player has ever been successful long term post Microfracture surgery”

    I read this whole article asking the EXACT SAME thing:
    *Has anyone EVER recovered – even close to their former level – after microfracture surgery. I know of NONE.

    *NOTE TO MIKE

  12. chettaylor69 says:
    Jul 22, 2015 1:15 PM

    In Teddy We Trust
    Jul 22, 2015, 11:18 AM CDT
    Is anyone else getting the feeling that we’ll look back on this in a few years and remember Clowney as a colossal bust?

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    Yeah, I get that same feeling about Teddy Bridgewater. Glass houses.
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    Yeah, makes sense. One guy has done nothing so far, has work ethic questions, and is coming off major surgery. The other guy had one of the best rookie seasons for a quarterback ever, made the all-rookie team, is universally loved, and nfl.com said in a 2014 redraft column that the Texans should have drafted him with the first overall pick.

    I’m feeling a bit better about my guy than you should be feeling about your guy.

  13. I guess some guys that post here don’t read all the stories.

    ——————————————————————————————vietnambob2473 says:
    Jul 22, 2015 2:10 PM
    Microfracture surgery is one of those things players just don’t come back from. What player has ever been successful long term post Microfracture surgery?
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    Just yesterday PFT did a story about how Darrelle Revis thought about retirement following a torn ACL and MICROFRACTURE surgery (nobody at the time knew about it) in 2012.

    So for all those asking, yes an NFL player has come back from it.

  14. I read this whole article asking the EXACT SAME thing:
    *Has anyone EVER recovered – even close to their former level – after microfracture surgery. I know of NONE.
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    Travis Kelce looked pretty good after his microfracture surgery…

    *NOTE TO MIKE

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