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Jadeveon Clowney | Linebacker

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/14/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 266
College: South Carolina
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Jadeveon Clowney (undisclosed) is expected to play Week 1 against the Redskins.
Clowney exited a joint practice last week against the Broncos with an undisclosed injury. Coach Bill O'Brien would only say that the No. 1 overall pick is day-to-day. He missed the regular season tuneup this past weekend. Aug 25 - 6:41 PM

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Jadeveon Clowney had a sack and a tackle for a loss in Saturday's preseason game against the Falcons.

Clowney played just nine snaps, but burst through the line to put a big hit on Antone Smith in the backfield and then took down Matt Ryan on the very next play. It's what the Texans were expecting when they used the No. 1 overall pick on Clowney. Although this isn't an elite defense, they have serious playmakers in Clowney, J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing. Expect big plays.
Aug 18 - 9:24 AM

Jadeveon Clowney recorded one tackle for loss in his preseason debut.

The lone tackle was a highlight-worthy pop of Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor five yards in the backfield. Clowney almost added a sack, but was beat to Carson Palmer by J.J. Watt. Clowney struggled in pass coverage, though, getting burned by TE John Carlson for a touchdown on a play that was called back. Clowney has some growing to do, but his talent was evident on Saturday night.
Aug 9 - 9:59 PM

Jadeveon Clowney (groin) will be active for the Texans' preseason opener on Saturday.

Clowney has been on a snap count in training camp, but coach Bill O'Brien left open the possibility that he'll start Saturday's game. Clowney's health isn't a concern as he rounds into shape for Week 1.
Source: CSN Houston
Aug 7 - 2:39 PM

Jadeveon Clowney (groin) has been on a limited snap count in training camp.

The Texans want to manage Clowney's reps as he attempts to recover from offseason sports hernia surgery. Per the Houston Chronicle, he's "had a strong camp" despite not participating fully. It's possible Clowney will be held out of Houston's preseason opener, but there's no concern about his Week 1 status.
Aug 2 - 5:17 PM

No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney is participating in the first day of Texans camp.

There was some concern offseason sports hernia surgery would keep Clowney from participating early in camp, but he avoided the active/PUP list and is in uniform for the first practice. The Texans will likely ease Clowney in, but there is no concern about his status moving forward.
Jul 26 - 9:51 AM

No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney avoided active/PUP to open Texans camp.

Clowney underwent offseason sports hernia surgery. He passed the Texans' initial team physical, and will likely be eased in to camp. Clowney will play outside 'backer across from Whitney Mercilus in Romeo Crennel's 3-4 defense.
Jul 24 - 2:23 PM

No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney (sports-hernia surgery) said he doesn’t know if he'll be full speed when he reports to training camp next week.

"It may take a while for the dominant, lightning-fast Clowney of his college days to return," writes the Wall Street Journal's Kevin Clark. Clowney is five weeks removed from sports-hernia surgery. He seems likely sit out the opening days of camp, and could be limited when he's cleared to resume practicing. Clowney says he's "day to day" and shouldn't miss any preseason games.
Jul 18 - 5:39 PM

No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney claims he played through a sports hernia last season at South Carolina.

The dots connect because Clowney underwent sports hernia surgery two weeks ago, though it's surprising he wasn't red-flagged at the Combine, which would've led to an earlier surgery date. The procedure cost Clowney the Texans' final two OTA practices and minicamp, and he "couldn't say for sure" Thursday whether he'll be ready by training camp. Perhaps the injury helps explain Clowney's sluggish 2013 production. He posted 13 sacks in 2012, but just three last year.
Jun 26 - 4:51 PM

Speaking Thursday, Jadeveon Clowney (sports-hernia surgery) called himself day to day, and declined to guarantee that he'll be ready for the start of camp.

Clowney added that he's feeling better every day. Clowney could miss the opening days of camp out of an abundance of caution, but barring a setback, he should see plenty of preseason action.
Jun 19 - 1:17 PM

No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney underwent sports hernia surgery Thursday and will be sidelined until training camp.

The Texans say they expect Clowney back for training camp, theoretically meaning he should only miss one minicamp. We'll see. Hernia surgeries can be susceptible to setbacks, although many players recover smoothly. Coach Bill O'Brien revealed Friday Clowney had recently complained of groin pain. He traveled to Philadelphia, where doctors told him surgery was the best option. Texans training camp opens in late July. Clowney has six weeks to get healthy.
Jun 13 - 1:34 PM

Texans signed No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney to a four-year, $22.3 million contract with a club option for 2018.

Unfortunately for IDP owners, Clowney will play outside linebacker in Romeo Crennel's 3-4 defense. He would've been a much more attractive fantasy pick at defensive end. Regardless, Clowney adds a lot of juice to a talented Texans defense that should routinely keep Bill O'Brien's team competitive in games this year, despite lacking a franchise quarterback. Our projection for Houston's starting front seven is LE J.J. Watt, NT Louis Nix, RE Jared Crick, ILBs Brian Cushing and Brooks Reed, and OLBs Clowney and Whitney Mercilus.
Jun 6 - 1:22 PM

Texans selected South Carolina DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Clowney (6-foot-5, 266) entered college as the nation's No. 1 recruit and didn't disappoint, earning first-team All-America as both a sophomore and junior before going pro. He tallied 47 TFLs, 24 sacks, and nine forced fumbles, though his production dipped in 2013 as opponents funneled offense away from him, and/or double and triple teamed Clowney. A freak athlete in the Jevon Kearse/Julius Peppers vein, Clowney has 34 1/2" arms and 10" hands to ward off blockers, and clocked a running back-like 4.53 forty with a 37 1/2" vertical at the Combine. If Clowney polishes his pass-rush technique and "buys in," he legitimately possesses tools to be an all-time great. In Houston, he'll form a highly imposing duo with J.J. Watt, likely playing strong-side 'backer as Romeo Crennel's version of Willie McGinest. Look for Whitney Mercilus to start on the weak side, with Brooks Reed playing next to Brian Cushing at inside linebacker.
May 8 - 8:14 PM

Citing a "source from another NFL team," the Sideline View's Lance Zierlein reports the Texans will draft Jadeveon Clowney at No. 1 overall.

Zierlein allows that a trade could still happen once the Texans go on the clock, which they are as this is being written. We'll know for sure shortly. Interestingly, Zierlein adds 3-4 teams he recently spoke to are "convinced" Johnny Manziel "will be falling," and "may be in play" for the Cowboys at No. 16.
May 8 - 8:02 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there's "still a chance" the Texans trade out of the No. 1 overall pick.

Reports all day from Adam Schefter and Ed Werder have indicated Houston isn't optimistic about moving down, but it wouldn't be a surprise if they began to get more phone-call activity as the draft approaches, and opposing "war rooms" become more emotional. "Talks will heat up when they are on the clock," RapSheet wrote. We're not betting on it, but a trade down can't be ruled out.
May 8 - 6:45 PM