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Jadeveon Clowney Injury Update: Still Can't Put Weight On His Leg

The Houston Texans' general manager updated the world on the status of Jadeveon Clowney's recovery from microfracture surgery. Read on to see exactly what Rick Smith had to say.

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There hasn't been much publicized about Jadeveon Clowney's recovery since he underwent microfracture surgery last month. Yesterday, Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith shed some light on Clowney's status when he spoke with SiriusXM NFL Radio. The audio of that interview can be found here, but Tania Ganguli went ahead and transcribed what the GM had to say:

"That surgery requires a pretty significant amount of time that you are not weight bearing, and then you kind of gotta work yourself back to it. He's been diligent in his rehab. That's the thing he can control right now. He understands that. It's an arduous process for him because he's limited right now in what he can do. There's just a few exercises that he can do to maintain some of the strength in his leg. Once he gets to the point where he can put weight on the leg again and start to really get into a rehab process, I know he's anxious to do that. He's anxious to make the contributions that we all know he's capable of making. Some of the things, the flashes that we saw even in the preseason, it's important to him that he returns to full health so that he can contribute and help our football team."

We knew the road back from microfracture surgery would be a long one, and I have no idea what the specific timetable for a patient being able to bear weight should be. Nevertheless, it's hard not to feel a bit disappointed that the first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft hasn't even really entered a substantive rehab process yet.