A few days ago, Jadeveon Clowney met with the media and was noncommittal about when he'd be returning to the Texans' lineup. Yesterday, his head coach discussed Clowney's chances of playing the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Monday night:
"He’s progressing," O’Brien said in an exclusive interview on Texans Radio. "He’s working really hard to get back and I would say it’s 50/50. Yeah, I think we have a long time here to get ready for Pittsburgh, longer than normal so hopefully, that bodes well for him being ready to go but I can’t guarantee you that he’ll be here for Pittsburgh."
As anxious as fans are to see the first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft return to the field, it behooves the Texans to make sure Clowney is completely recovered from knee surgery before they give him the green light to return to action. The organization has to balance the impact Clowney will have on the team this season with his long-term future; to be sure, that's a delicate issue, especially with the Texans sitting at 3-3 in a very mediocre AFC and playing a huge game against a conference opponent on Monday night.
My guess is that O'Brien putting Clowney's chances at 50-50 a week out means we will have to wait at least one more week to see him wreaking havoc next to J.J. Watt again. What say you?
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