Houston Texans rookie Jadeveon Clowney had an eventful NFL debut on Sunday – but for all the wrong reasons.
The top overall pick in this year’s draft out of South Carolina, Clowney injured his knee during Sunday’s 17-6 victory against the Washington Redskins, and multiple media reports say he will need surgery and miss 4-to-6 weeks.
The Houston Chronicle reported that Clowney underwent an MRI, and the results will be known Monday. Quoting a source, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport said Clowney will have surgery Monday.
It wasn’t clear how Clowney was injured, but it happened late in the second quarter. He looked to be arguing with the team doctor as the pair walked off the field to the locker room a couple of minutes before halftime.
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Coach Bill O’Brien didn’t provide much more information on Clowney’s health after the game.
“They think it’s a good prognosis, so it looks like it’s going to be OK,” O’Brien said. “He may miss some time, he may not. Who knows? So we’ll know better as the week goes on.”
Clowney has struggled to stay on the field since joining the Texans.
He left a dual practice Aug. 20 after a helmet-to-helmet hit with Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme. He missed the Texans’ final two preseason games but said he passed the NFL protocols for head injuries in just over a week. He had to sit out the beginning of camp, too, after offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia.
Clowney said he played through a groin injury during his final season with the Gamecocks.
The Texans’ next four games are against Oakland, the New York Giants, Buffalo and Dallas. If Clowney is out for six weeks, he also could miss games against Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.