Jadeveon Clowney is going through his rehab after undergoing sports hernia surgery earlier this month, but there remains no timetable for the Houston Texans outside linebacker to return to the field.
The Texans took the former South Carolina Gamecocks star defensive end with the hopes he would make an immediate impact on the defense, but the Texans are going to have to be patient with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft after he couldn’t say when he would be back.
“The pain, the injury’s getting better every day, day by day,” Clowney said. “Just looking forward to getting healthy and looking forward to training camp.”
Clowney experienced pain in his groin after he arrived in Houston and dismissed any injury dating back to his pro day in April and after consulting with the team felt it was best to undergo the surgery now rather than letting this linger into the season and stunt his development as a rookie.
“Just when I got here, they wanted to check me out and I told them there was a little pain,” Clowney said. “They were like we just don’t want it to linger over into the season, so we got it taken care of before anything happened.”
Texans first-year head coach Bill O’Brien remains optimistic that he will have the pass-rushing sensation that has been called the best defensive prospect since Bruce Smith and considered a once-in-a-generation prospect by a number of talent evaluators.
“We feel like he is on track,” O’Brien said. “Again, a little setback here with the sports hernia, but he’s been in all of the meetings and he’s an instinctive guy and he’s a hard-working guy.”
If Clowney were to miss any time in training camp then it would be time to get a little nervous as Clowney is learning a new position as a 3-4 outside linebacker in Romeo Crennell’s sophisticated defense.