Clowney could miss 4-to-6 weeks after exiting debut early

HOUSTON – This isn’t the start the Houston Texans hoped for after taking Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick in May’s draft.

Limping off the field after a defensive series in the second quarter, Clowney was seen on the sidelines being looked at by trainers. The rookie linebacker briefly returned to action, but limped off the field once again and headed toward the locker room with less than two minutes remaining in the first half with the Texans leading 14-6 against the Washington Redskins.

Clowney didn’t take the field for the Texans’ first defensive series in the second half and was declared out for the remainder of the game with a knee injury with about 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Clowney suffered a torn meniscus during the game which would sideline him for four to six weeks. He will reportedly have arthroscopic surgery Monday, with a more exact timetable for his return set after.

Clowney struggled with nagging injuries in the preseason while recovering from offseason sports hernia surgery. He sat during the Texans final two preseason games with what was later revealed to be concussion sustained during a joint practice with the Broncos in Denver.

Clowney recorded just one tackle in his NFL regular season debut before leaving the game, which the Texans won 17-6.  

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