With as much practice as they missed this week, it would have been a surprise if Jadeveon Clowney and Nick Martin played when the Houston Texans opened their exhibition season up against the 49ers on Sunday. Bill O’Brien made it official today, informing the media one of his starting outside linebackers and his starting rookie center didn’t even make the trip west with the team. O’Brien went to his tried and true card of assuring us that the injuries aren’t life-threatening.
"I’m not concerned," head coach Bill O'Brien said Friday. "Neither one of these things are life-threatening injuries so I think they’ll be fine and ready to play next week."
In terms of Clowney, who’s dealing with soreness in the knee (presumably the one that was repaired with microfracture surgery), O’Brien said:
"Nothing serious but I felt like it was something where let’s give him (Clowney) a few days, be with our trainers back in Houston and be ready to go for next week when we get back and New Orleans comes to town and get some good practice sessions in there." O’Brien said.
On Martin, who’s dealing with "a back issue," O’Brien remarked:
"Wanted to leave him (Martin) home too, not sit on a plane for a few hours and be able to stay in Houston and rehab," O’Brien said.
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