HOUSTON, TX - Bill O'Brien says the Texans are optimistic Jadeveon Clowney could play in the team's season opener on September 13.
Clowney had knee surgery back in December.
"High expectations. I think the guy has worked hard," O'Brien said on Friday. "When I say high expectations, I mean for him coming back and being on schedule to start the season."
The Texans head coach went on to say the team is being patient with Clowney's recovery.
"We`re not going to rush him back. I think we'd have to be very smart about how much we play him early on.'
As for the team's quarterback situation, O'Brien says he likely won't pick a starter until training camp. At the moment, Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer are splitting first team reps.
"I think whichever guy is the guy that ends up being starter is going to do a good job for our football team," O'Brien said. "Whoever is not the starter is going to do a good job for our football team too. That guy might be named next week, it might be after the Redskins` three days of practice, it maybe after the San Francisco preseason game. I'm not ready yet to name that guy."
The Texans will hold a mandatory three-day mini-camp on Tuesday.