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Jadeveon Clowney | Linebacker

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/14/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 266
College: South Carolina
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Coach Bill O'Brien said he's been "impressed" with the way Jadeveon Clowney (knee) has "been working."
"Working" is a loose term with Clowney as he's roughly 5 1/2 months removed from microfracture surgery. "He's rehabbing. But he's also being able to take part in some of the things that we do in the weight room. He's not able to do all of the things that we do on the field just yet, because of his rehab. But he's on the right track," O'Brien said. The Texans remain confident Clowney will be ready to contribute Week 1. May 19 - 12:39 PM

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GM Rick Smith says the Texans expect OLB Jadeveon Clowney (microfracture surgery) to be a "major contributor" in 2015.

"I've been encouraged and impressed," Smith said of Clowney's rehab. "He's doing well." Clowney is not expected to be ready for the beginning of training camp, but Week 1 is realistic. The reports on rehab have been uniformly positive, but Clowney has a long ways to go before he can be declared healthy, let alone back to where he was before his injury.
Apr 28 - 1:59 PM

The Texans are targeting the "end of training camp" for OLB Jadeveon Clowney (microfracture surgery) to return to the football field.

That would be eight months after his procedure. Although there have been upbeat reports on Clowney's progress coming out of Houston, no one knows for sure how much his knee cartilage will regenerate, and no one will have a good feel for the results of his recovery until he resumes playing for an extended period. The Texans can't count on Clowney as a 2015 impact contributor.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 3 - 2:53 PM

Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee surgery) was spotted walking without a limp last week.

Clowney was not allowed to put any weight on his troublesome right knee for 6-7 weeks following December microfracture surgery. Now he's in the full swing of rehab. "Very encouraged," Clowney said. "Everything is looking good right now for me. I'm feeling better than I was previously. Just hoping to stay on this track and work towards getting back." The Texans won't be able to gauge how effective their 2014 No. 1 overall pick is until much further down the line, as microfracture surgery is among the most severe procedures an athlete can undergo.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 30 - 8:33 AM

Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) confirmed he hasn't had any setbacks.

Clowney is expected to miss Houston's entire offseason program recovering from microfracture surgery. He should be ready at some point in training camp, but remains questionable for Week 1. The first-overall pick in last year's draft, Clowney appeared in just four games as a rookie.
Mar 28 - 3:37 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien expects OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) to return "sometime in training camp."

"He's rehabbing very well," O'Brien said. "Last week, he had a great week, probably the best of his rehab. I like the way he's progressing." Three months removed from microfracture surgery, Clowney will miss Houston's entire offseason program. Clowney needs to avoid setbacks to be ready for Week 1.
Mar 25 - 7:08 PM

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline has heard from a "number of people" that there is "serious concern" about Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney's surgically repaired knee.

Pauline cites "numerous sources, including those close to the Texans" when cautioning to "not expect much" from Clowney in 2015. "He may struggle to ever regain full health from the microfracture surgery," Pauline writes. As of late January, Clowney could bear no weight on his knee. He also had the knee scoped before his microfracture, in addition to sports hernia surgery last June. Clowney appeared in only four games as a rookie.
Feb 19 - 1:21 PM

Texans GM Rick Smith said he's hopeful OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee surgery) will be ready for Week 1.

Clowney underwent microfracture surgery on Dec. 8. The recovery process is going well and he's expected to make a full recovery, but the Texans certainly won't rush him. The No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft had zero sacks in four games as a rookie.
Feb 19 - 12:12 PM

Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney still can't put weight on his knee after undergoing microfracture surgery on December 8.

Clowney has already undergone three surgeries as a pro, including a knee scope before the microfracture and sports hernia surgery last June. During the season, Clowney tore his lateral meniscus and suffered "articular cartilage damage." Said GM Rick Smith, "That surgery requires a pretty significant amount of time that you are not weight bearing, and then you kind of gotta work yourself back to it. He's been diligent in his rehab." Clowney is a question mark for 2015 training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 22 - 1:59 PM

Colts RT Gosder Cherilus says Jadeveon Clowney is "screwed" after undergoing microfracture knee surgery.

Cherilus had the same operation a couple years ago, but plays a position that doesn't rely on explosion. "They told me I would be back in 12 months. I fought and came back in nine months. But it wasn't right. You are going to deal with stuff for the rest of your career. Period. You have to be extremely disciplined. You have to do all the little things. Man, I'm telling you – it's hard." Clowney, whose drive was questioned in the lead-up to the draft, faces a long, excruciating rehab.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 09:47:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (injured reserve, knee) underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee Monday and will be sidelined nine months.

It's one of the worst surgeries an NFL player can undergo. What Clowney does have going for him, though, is his youth. He'll turn 22 in February. But setbacks are common following microfracture surgery, and it's been known to derail careers. Eagles OLB Brandon Graham underwent microfracture surgery as a 22-year-old in December 2010 and wasn't back in his normal role until Week 1 of 2012. It's a real possibility Clowney misses the majority, or all, of the 2015 season. He'll be a candidate for reserve/PUP in August.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 08:32:00 PM

Texans placed OLB Jadeveon Clowney on injured reserve with a right-knee injury, ending his season.

Clowney is undergoing surgery, the severity of which the Texans aren't revealing. It's likely a mere "clean-up" procedure. "This guy's been injured and it's time to clean it up," were coach Bill O'Brien's words on Thursday. The big concern is that it's Clowney's second right-knee operation since September, but Clowney has extreme youth (22 in February) and world-class athleticism on his side. Clowney's rookie year will go down as a four-game, zero-sack disappointment, but he still has as much upside as any defensive player in the league.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 04:16:00 PM

Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

Visiting the doctor most synonymous with athlete surgeries is rarely a good sign, but there's no concrete reason to expect Dr. Andrews to turn up bad news. With only four games remaining, however, it is possible Clowney has played his final down of the season. His status should be updated before the end of the week.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 04:13:00 PM

Jadeveon Clowney (knee) remains day to day.

Clowney is fighting a setback with the same knee he had scoped in September. The No. 1 overall pick's rookie year has also been marred by a concussion, a sports hernia and an illness -- leading to some whispers that the Texans were growing frustrated with his lack of availability. Clowney has missed eight games already and been a rotational player when he has suited up.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 08:49:00 AM

Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is listed as out for Week 13.

Clowney recently admitted to experiencing a "lot of pain" in his surgically repaired knee. As a rookie, Clowney has undergone meniscus surgery, sports hernia surgery, and suffered a concussion. He has zero sacks through four games.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 03:45:00 PM

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