Jadeveon Clowney back on the field
HOUSTON – Guess who’s back? Defensive end/linebacker Jadeveon Clowney was a welcome sight to the Texans practice fields on Monday. It was the first time Clowney had a chance to practice with his teammates since undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee back in December. The 2014 top overall pick is looking to fulfill the promise that had scouts say he was the best defensive talent since Lawrence Taylor.
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was happy to have Clowney back, “You know, it’s good to have everybody out here. Anytime you get guys back from injury, it’s always good to have as close to a full 90-man roster as you can. It’s good to have everybody out here… I think anytime you have surgery, the rehab process can be monotonous. He put in the work. We’re going to ease him back into this thing and ramp him up to be able to play in games and go from there. So yeah, he put in a lot of work.”
Clowney was relieved to be back out there, “You know I went through a lot. It was hard work, but we’re pulling it off. I had a lot of help, a lot of assistance from guys, from my teammates, from the trainers, my family. Everybody supported me through the whole thing, so still a little ways to go but we’re in the right direction.”
The Texans also welcomed back linebacker Akeem Dent who returned to the practice fields.