Clowney (knee) likely will sign an extension this offseason, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Clowney played through a knee injury late last season, but it didn't stop him from posting career-high marks for games (16), tackles (59), sacks (9.5), forced fumbles (two) and fumble recoveries (two). He's under contract for 2018 on a fifth-year option, with a massive extension likely to come at some point this spring or summer. Clowney had a minor arthroscopic procedure on his knee in January, but at last check he was expected to be ready for the start of the Texans' offseason program April 16. He'll be seeking his first campaign with double-digit sacks, hoping to benefit from the expected returns of J.J. Watt (leg) and Whitney Mercilus (pectoral), both of whom warrant significant attention from opposing offensive lines.
Clowney (knee) won't participate in the 2018 Pro Bowl, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The decision was fully expected after it was revealed last week that Clowney would require a minor arthroscopic procedure on his knee. He's expected to be ready for the start of the Texans' offseason program in the spring.
Clowney is expected to undergo a minor arthroscopic knee procedure in the near future, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The procedure is expected to prevent Clowney from playing in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 28, but the outside linebacker is expected to make a full recovery before the Texans' offseason activities begin in the spring. Clowney earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl nod after registering 9.5 sacks, 59 tackles, two forced fumbles and his first career touchdown while suiting up for all 16 of the Texans' games in 2017.
Clowney recorded seven tackles and half a sack in Week 17's 22-13 loss to the Colts.
The sack was the first in five weeks for Clowney, who played his first 16-game season and finished with career-highs in tackles (59) and sacks (9.5). His job got harder after Houston lost J.J. Watt (leg) and Whitney Mercilus (pectoral). That allowed offenses to scheme against Clowney without worry. The linebacker/defensive end had the fifth-year option of his contract exercised prior to the 2017 season and will return to Houston for 2018. Along with his return comes the returns of Watt and Mercilus. Clowney should draw less attention in 2018 and be in line for increases production.
Clowney (knee, toe) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Colts.
Clowney was a limited participant Thursday and Friday to avoid the questionable tag after starting the week not practicing. The 24-year-old is on track to complete the first 16-game season game season of his career.
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