Clowney was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice due to back and elbow injuries.
This should not be a major concern. Clowney made regular appearances on injury reports for various ailments in 2017, but managed to play a full 16-game slate.
Clowney made his preseason debut Saturday, deflecting one pass while playing three series against the Rams.
Clowney, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery during the offseason, was brought along slowly in training camp and didn't participate fully until the week leading up to the third preseason game. His deployment Saturday ran the gamut: He started at right defensive end on the first series, then switched sides with J.J. Watt for the second series and finished up at outside linebacker. He got good penetration on the third series, getting in the face of quarterback Sean Mannion who threw an interception. This will likely be his only appearance of the preseason.
Clowney (knee) participated in team drills Monday for the first time this year, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
The Texans have been rather cautious with Clowney as he works his way back from January arthroscopic surgery. Coach Bill O'Brien previously pointed to the third week of the preseason as the target date for an in-game appearance, but that may no longer be an option given that the pass rusher is just now returning to team drills. Clowney has spent the majority of training camp doing individual drills and working with the training staff. He still seems like better than a 50-50 bet for Week 1, but it won't come as any surprise if the Texans limit his workload early in the season.
Head coach Bill O'Brien indicated Tuesday that Clowney is "getting better and better, being closer and closer to being able to do more and more," Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. He also noted that Clowney could see some playing time in the team's third preseason contest.
O'Brien's comments also qualify Clowney's return by stating his game action in the preseason depends a lot on how he practices next week. When healthy, the fifth-year player has proven to be a capable pass-rusher, racking up a career-high 9.5 sacks last season. He should reprise the outside linebacker role for the Texans this season opposite Whitney Mercilus.
Clowney has primarily worked on the side during training camp but has participated in some drills, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Texans are taking a cautious approach with Clowney, who didn't participate in offseason activities following arthroscopic knee surgery. Despite the limited participation in camp, the outlook for the regular season is encouraging. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Clowney is working to get into football shape before he fully participates in practice.
|4||9/30/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/18/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
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