According to recent reports, that won’t change for the considerable future.
The Houston Texans defensive end underwent microfracture knee surgery Monday and is expected to miss nine months, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday. NFL Media’s Ian Rapaport confirmed the news via sources, adding that the Texans hope Clowney will be ready by the start of next season.
Texans team doctor Walter Lowe performed Clowney’s surgery, according to Rapaport.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft has struggled with injury all season after tearing his meniscus against the Washington Redskins in his first NFL game. Clowney returned to the field six weeks later but clearly wasn’t 100 percent. He sat out the team’s following game and played in just two more contests before opting to undergo surgery last week.
Clowney finished the season with five tackles and no sacks in four games played. [tweet https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/542504010846986240 align=’center’]
Johnny Manziel is expected to change that this weekend when he makes his first career start against the Cincinnati Bengals. As for Clowney, the Texans are hoping a full offseason of rest and recovery can help him live up to the hype in 2015.
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