Clowney (knee) had his fifth-year contract option exercised by the Texans on Friday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. The first overall pick in 2014, Clowney is now under contract with the Texans through the 2018 campaign. He's coming off minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in January, but if Clowney remains healthy, he could sign a long-term extension prior to next season. Nonetheless, the 24-year-old will now have the comfort of not yet entering a contract year. After moving from outside linebacker to defensive end last season, Clowney showed just why he was so highly regarded coming out of college, registering 52 tackles and six sacks in 14 games while being named to his first Pro Bowl.
Clowney (elbow/wrist) pulled from the Pro Bowl due to arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. The surgery was said to be minor and was on Clowney's left knee, not the right one he had microfracture surgery on during his rookie season. Clowney should be back for the upcoming preseason and will look to improve on a solid 2016 campaign in which he recorded 52 combined tackles and six sacks.
Clowney (elbow/wrist) will not play in the Pro Bowl, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. It seems unlikely that the injuries are anything of serious concern, as Clowney has played through them the past few weeks during the Texans playoff run. However, he will pass up his first Pro Bowl in order to nurse the nagging aliments before offseason workouts begin. Bengals' Carlos Dunlap will head to Orlando in Clowney's absence.
Clowney finished the 2016 season with six sacks and 16 tackles for losses over 14 games. Clowney's countable numbers -- sacks, tackles, interceptions -- don't really tell his story. He pressured quarterbacks, was a backfield presence, and forced offenses to allot more attention his way. Opponents will shudder next year when figuring out how to stop Clowney, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus.
Clowney (elbow/wrist) was a full participant in practice Thursday. Clowney has played through his injuries for weeks now and was likely limited in practice Wednesday just to get some rest prior to the team's divisional round matchup with New England on Saturday. He isn't expected to be held out or limited come gametime.