Bill O'Brien says he expects Arian Foster to play on Sunday. #Texans— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) November 27, 2014
Getting the team's best offensive player back just as Ryan Fitzpatrick takes over? Yes, please.
Yet it wouldn't be the 2014 Houston Texans if there wasn't a real question as to whether the first overall pick of the last NFL Draft would suit up on Sunday. At this point, Jadeveon Clowney does not expect to play on Sunday.
Jadeveon Clowney admitted today he's in a lot of pain. Knee has been swelling. Said he's had a setback. #Texans— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) November 27, 2014
Here's what Clowney himself had to say:
Outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney said today that chances of him playing against Tennessee on Sunday are "slim right now" because of continued soreness in his knee.
"My knee swelled up on me a little bit, and I’m trying to get it back to the way it was before," Clowney said. "It’s bothering me a lot right now. I’m in a lot of pain. It’s been bothering me off and on the whole season.
"It’s the kind of thing if I can go, I’ll go. If I can’t, I won’t. I told them (trainers, doctors and coaches) how I feel, and it’s up to them."
"I’m kind of surprised. I thought it would have been over. I thought it’d be back to where it was by now." Clowney said. #Texans— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) November 27, 2014
Bill O'Brien reacted to Clowney's self-diagnosis with his typical snark.
O’Brien on J. Clowney saying there is a slim chance he’ll play: "I don’t know. Dr. Clowney, I’ll reconvene with him and see how he’s doing."— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) November 27, 2014
I'm not about to question Clowney's toughness, as there's no way to know--and it's not for me to say anyway--how his knee feels. What we can all agree on is that his rookie campaign has been a tremendous disappointment and essentially a total loss due to injury. At some point, the question becomes whether the team elects to simply shut Jadeveon Clowney down if he's having this much difficulty getting healthy.
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