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06/13/14 - LB Jadeveon Clowney had sports hernia surgery, coach Bill O'Brien said Friday at NRG Stadium.
Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft, has been dealing with a groin injury. O'Brien said Clowney was evaluated in Philadelphia and the team decided the best option was surgery. He will miss next week's mandatory three-day minicamp and is expected to return for training camp, which begins in late July.
O'Brien said Clowney had not been dealing with the injury for long. The Texans decided it was best to immediately address the issue, which was why surgery occurred Thursday.
"It was the best thing for J.D. and the best thing for our team and the best thing for our organization," O'Brien said.
Clowney is expected to return to Houston on Friday afternoon.
"He'll be ready to go for training camp," O'Brien said. "That's about all I'll say about that."
Clowney was limited during the NFL Scouting Combine and dealt with a groin issue during South Carolina's pro day.
05/12/14 - Houston says hello to Clowney...General manager Rick Smith thought about trading the pick, but he didn't find anyone who'd agree to his steep demands. He wasn't going to give up Clowney without an offer too good to refuse. The coaches are excited about pairing Clowney with defensive end J.J. Watt in passing situations. Five members of the front seven will be Watt, Clowney, Mercilus, Reed and inside linebacker Brian Cushing. "I want to learn," Clowney said. "I want to be great. Now that I'm in the NFL, hopefully, I'll be a Hall of Famer someday."
The Texans now prep for Friday's second round, when they again begin the night with the first pick -- this time, No. 33 overall. Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr and Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo are among the candidates to be chosen at that spot, but reports also circulated Thursday that the Texans could go the veteran route, possibly acquiring former Bill O'Brien pupil Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Houston says hello to Clowney...They entered the first round of the draft needing a quarterback and a pass rusher who could increase a sack total that plunged from 44 in 2012 to 31 last season. After Thursday's first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans still have work to do. However, they filled one need when they used the first overall pick on defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the highest-rated player in the draft, a once-in-a-generation pass rush prospect, according to a lot of scouts. Clowney is ideally suited to play right end in a 4-3 system. The Texans play a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. Clowney will play outside linebacker in the base defense, then drop down and rush with his hand in the dirt on obvious passing situations.
The coaches anticipate using their nickel defense 60 to 65 percent of the time, and that's when Clowney will be the most dangerous. It's up to Crennel, who has five Super Bowl rings, to figure out how to fit Clowney with starting outside linebackers Whitney Mercilus and Brooks Reed, former first- and second-round draft choices. Clowney is eager to get started because he believes he's got something to prove after being so heavily criticized after recording only three sacks as a junior at South Carolina last season. "A lot of people have doubted me," he said after being drafted. "I've been proving people wrong throughout my life. A lot of people said I wouldn't be anything growing up, and now look at me." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Two draft choices - defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and nose tackle Louis Nix III - have nicknames. After being drafted first overall, Clowney disclosed that his first name is pronounced Ja-DEV-eon, not Ja-DAY-veon. But he'd rather be called J.D. So now he's J.D. Clowney. Nix, a third-round pick, said his nickname was "Irish Chocolate Thunder." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 1/1 - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, 6-5, 266, South Carolina...Texans resisted opportunities to trade down and selected the highest-rated prospect in the draft. Has tremendous pass-rush skills, but must play hard on every down. Will play outside linebacker on weak side in base 3-4 scheme and drop down to right end in passing situations. - The Sports Xchange