Jadeveon Clowney Injury: Updates on Texans LB's Status and Return

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIAugust 20, 2014

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Updates from Thursday, Sept. 4

Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reported on Jadeveon Clowney's injury that kept him out during part of the preseason:

Jadeveon Clowney said Thursday he suffered a concussion during a preseason practice against the Denver Broncos.


“It was a head thing,” said Clowney, prior to practice Thursday at NRG Stadium.

Clowney said it took him almost two weeks to get over the concussion.

“It was just something that happened on the field in Denver. So we’ve moved on to Washington now,” said Clowney, who acknowledged he previously dealt with a concussion before joining the Texans.


Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3

Brian T. Smith of The Houston Chronicle provides an update on Jadeveon Clowney's status for the Texans' opener:


Updates from Monday, Aug. 25

Drew Dougherty of HoustonTexans.com passed along an update on Jadeveon Clowney's condition:

Bill O'Brien also commented on Clowney's chances of playing on Saturday (via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle): 


Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21

Deepi Sidhu of HoustonTexans.com adds more from O'Brien:

Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com has head coach Bill O'Brien's thoughts on Clowney's status for Saturday:

Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports that Jadeveon Clowney isn't taking part in the early stages of Thursday's practice:

Ed Werder of ESPN has the latest on Clowney:


Original Text

Houston Texans No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney left Wednesday's practice with the Denver Broncos due to an unspecified injury.    

Mike Klis of The Denver Post provided details on the situation, which involved Clowney butting heads with Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme:

ESPN's Ed Werder provides details from the Texans:

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien didn't claim to know any specifics, taking a page out of his mentor Bill Belichick's media playbook, per USA Today's Lindsay Jones:

Ryan Clady, Denver's All-Pro left tackle, heaped praise on Clowney following Tuesday's joint practice with Houston, per The Denver Post's Alex Lantz:

He's gonna be in this league for a while. He's definitely got some explosiveness, and I can see why he was the first overall pick for sure. It shows. It's just how fast he can move at his size. Not a lot of guys can do that and he's obviously gonna have success in this league with that kind of talent.

NFL Network's Albert Breer analyzed Clowney during training camp, too:

In both practice and games, it appears Clowney is living up to his draft status. Transitioning from defensive end to outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's 3-4 alignment, Clowney is still managing to make a splash in his first taste of NFL action.

Although the Texans' quarterback situation seems tenuous at the moment, veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is No. 1 on the depth chart and has a coach in O'Brien who has counseled Tom Brady in the past. The offense ought to be centered around star running back Arian Foster should he be capable of carrying the load as the workhorse.

Presuming those are the circumstances, the Texans may be able to engineer a swift turnaround from last year's 2-14 campaign.

However, Clowney must be able to stay healthy and contribute. If Clowney, J.J. Watt and the rest of Houston's defense can play at a high level, there's reason to believe the Texans could surprise in 2014.