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Houston Texans Injuries: Jadeveon Clowney May Not Be Ready For Training Camp

Last week, we heard Jadeveon Clowney would be ready for training camp after undergoing hernia surgery last week. Clowney was considerably less optimistic when he met with the media yesterday.

No guarantee he'll be ready for training camp.
No guarantee he'll be ready for training camp.
Bob Levey

A week ago, Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien told us that he expected Jadeveon Clowney to be recovered from hernia surgery and ready to go when training camp opens next month. Clowney, however, is singing a far more doubtful tune, as detailed in this story by Brian Smith. From the article:

Asked several times if he’ll be active when training camp begins, Clowney would only say he’s feeling better and taking his rehab day by day. He was also unsure whether he’ll be restricted early during training camp.

"It’s just one day at a time," Clowney said.

That's not exactly a resounding echo of optimism from the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Not that Clowney would really gain anything by pledging he'll be completely healthy and ready to go a month from now. Rehab can have setbacks, and everyone responds differently to surgery.  A week post-surgery, Clowney can't truly know whether he'll be cleared for training camp.

Nevertheless, to the extent you were expecting Clowney to be completely unleashed in training camp, this news would appear to be a good reason to slow your roll.