O’Brien: Texans’ Clowney ‘disciplined’ with knee rehab

Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney missed 11 games in his rookie season due to injuries. 

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Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney’s rookie season didn’t go quite to plan after suffering a pair of injuries, with the second resulting in a second knee surgery ending his season early. 

According to Texans general manager Rick Smith, Clowney is "doing well" in his rehab as he attempts to make a bigger splash in Houston for his sophomore season.

"The recovery process is an arduous process," Smith said at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis Thursday. "We talk to him about that and how he would have to be diligent throughout that process. He’s doing well and we expect that he would hopefully make a full recovery and be able to help us next year."

Clowney missed 11 games overall in his rookie campaign after being taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft. With lofty expectations on his shoulders, head coach Bill O’Brien said Clowney has been "really disciplined" to get back on the field for the 2015 season.

"When he came out of the surgery, the first six weeks were very important because he couldn’t put any weight on the knee," O’Brien said. "He had to be really disciplined in whatever he could do, rehab-wise. He had to be very disciplined doing that, and he was. I think he’s on the right track."

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