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 over the course of 14 regular season games.
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'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 (back), and Whitney Mercilus.
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.
Clowney played through several aliments in Saturday's wild-card win over the Raiders, making several key plays throughout the contest and recording one tackle, one interception and two passes deflected. Look for more updates to come throughout the practice week, with Joel Heath likely to see expanded reps if Clowney is limited.
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