The last bit of news Houston Texans fans got about Jadeveon Clowney's 2015 season was the since-contradicted report that the first overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft stormed out of NRG Stadium after learning he would be inactive for the Texans-Chiefs playoff game. With his first NFL postseason game in sight, Clowney was hobbled by a foot injury that he suffered in Week 16's win over the Titans; that injury would ultimately keep him from playing against the Jaguars in the regular season finale as well as the Texans' aforementioned wild card matchup with the Chiefs. Disappointing as that was, the silver lining is that the foot injury won't cause Clowney to go under the knife this winter.
Jadeveon Clowney is feeling better after being sidelined with foot injury at end of season. Won't need offseason surgery, per Bill O'Brien— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) January 27, 2016
With a full offseason to get prepared for the 2016 season, a break of several months that won't be marred by surgery or significant rehabilitation, it stands to reason that the flashes Jadeveon Clowney showed in 2015--remember, this was all less than a year removed from microfracture surgery--could develop into outright supernovas in the years to come.