Report: Jadeveon Clowney Set to Be Cleared in April After Surgery on Knee Injury

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 2, 2021

Tennessee Titans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (99) stands on the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
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Three-time Pro Bowler Jadeveon Clowney is expected to be cleared within the next month after undergoing season-ending surgery on his left knee in December. 

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Clowney is "close" to being ready right now and "should be fully cleared" in April as he prepares for the start of free agency. 

Rapoport reported Dec. 6 that Clowney had a procedure to repair the meniscus in his left knee. The Tennessee Titans placed him on injured reserve after their Week 10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. 

Clowney signed a one-year, $12 million deal with the Titans last September after waiting most of the offseason trying to find a new team. 

The hope was that Clowney would make a positive impact on a Tennessee defense that ranked 13th in the NFL with 43 sacks during the 2019 season. 

Instead, Clowney wound up being a disappointment for the Titans. The 28-year-old had just six quarterback hits and zero sacks in eight starts before the knee injury ended his season. 

Rapoport noted that since Clowney isn't expected to be fully cleared to return until April, he could end up waiting a "few weeks" into the start of free agency before signing with a team. Free agency is scheduled to begin March 17. 

Clowney averaged 16 quarterback hits, 13.6 tackles for loss and 6.4 sacks per season from 2015-19 with the Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks.