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Texans HC Bill O'Brien 'Unaware' of Jadeveon Clowney Trade Rumors, Speculation

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 14, 2019

Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) after a regular season Week 8 NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the Houston Texans on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Houston. The Texans beat the Dolphins 42-23. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson)
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If the Houston Texans are exploring trade options involving Jadeveon Clowney, no one has told head coach Bill O'Brien.

Speaking to reporters about his star defensive end, O'Brien said he's "unaware" of any rumors or speculation about a trade. 

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Speculation about Clowney being dealt started when John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday he'd be surprised if a trade didn't happen because the Texans need help at left tackle. 

Clowney didn't report to training camp with the Texans last month. The three-time Pro Bowler has yet to sign his one-year tender after Houston gave him the franchise tag in March. 

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Texans anticipate him returning after their third preseason game on Aug. 24 against the Dallas Cowboys and they've been "assured Clowney is in great shape."

Clowney has established himself as an integral part of Houston's defensive line over the past three seasons. The 26-year-old has recorded 24.5 sacks in 45 games since 2016. 

Expectations are high for the Texans heading into this season. They have won the AFC South three times in the previous four years, and their 11 wins in 2018 were the second-most in franchise history.