Clowney hoping to return in time for start of training camp

Houston Texans rookie Jadeveon Clowney will try to return to action in time for training camp next weekend.

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Houston Texans No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney has yet to be cleared for the start of training camp after recovering from sports hernia surgery. He is hoping, however, he can give it a go by next weekend when the Texans open practice for the first time in the preseason.

"I’m going to try," Clowney told the Houston Chronicle. "That’s the goal, to try to get back. But I don’t know for sure right now. I’m going to let (the trainers) decide."

Clowney is transitioning to outside linebacker from defensive end and underwent surgery in June, missing the end of offseason workouts. While he does have some work to do to catch up in his new position, Clowney is waiting for the trainers to decide when he is ready to begin training once again.

"It’s still day to day," Clowney said. "Just taking one day at a time, letting the trainers decide."

Clowney is planning to return to Houston on Saturday and will be at newly-named NRG Stadium when rookies report to training camp on Monday.

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