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Clowney has done that claim one better. He believes he has progressed so rapidly from microfracture surgery on his knee that he could be ready to roll for the start of training camp, per the Houston Chronicle.
The coaching and medical staffs, however, will get the last word on that and could decide to move Clowney along more conservatively.
"I think he's gonna be there for the opening game [of the regular season] against Kansas City," O'Brien said. "I think he's going to make it back, and I'm really looking forward to that. He's working very hard to get back."
Clowney is trying to make his way back from microfracture surgery on his knee, which he underwent last December.
"I've been impressed with the way JD's been working," O'Brien said, per HoustonTexans.com. "He's been out there. He's in early. He's rehabbing. But he's also being able to take part in some of the things that we do in the weight room. He's not able to do all of the things that we do on the field just yet, because of his rehab. But he's on the right track."
Bill O'Brien has declared that ballyhooed
"I've been impressed with the way JD's been working," O'Brien said. "He's been out there. He's in early. He's rehabbing. But he's also been able to take part in some of the things that we do in the weight room. ... He's on the right track."'
Clowney suffered through an injury-plagued season, which also included a concussion and meniscus tear. His rookie season constituted just four games played.
"I've been encouraged and impressed," Smith said. "He's doing well. We expect him to be a major contributor this year."
Clowney had his rookie season cut short last year when he required knee surgery. He previously said the rehab was going well and he thinks he can return to being the same player as before the injury.