Six weeks have passed since Jadeveon Clowney’s rookie season ended early due to microfracture knee surgery, and at this time the Houston Texans linebacker’s timetable to return in time for the 2015 season is still in question.
According to Texans general manager Rick Smith, Clowney is still in the early stages of his rehab and is unable to put any weight on his surgically repaired knee.
"That surgery requires a pretty significant amount of time that you are not weight bearing, and then you kind of gotta work yourself back to it," Smith said while appearing on Sirius XM NFL radio Tuesday. "He’s been diligent in his rehab. That’s the thing he can control right now. He understands that. It’s an arduous process for him because he’s limited right now in what he can do."
Clowney’s rookie season went far from what the he and the Texans expected out of the defense star coming from South Carolina with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft. Now the question is; will Clowney ever be the dominant force he was expected to be out of college?
Smith believes so, and Clowney is ready to prove himself, according to the general manager.
"He’s anxious to make the contributions that we all know he’s capable of making," Smith said. "Some of the things, the flashes that we saw even in the preseason, it’s important to him that he returns to full health so that he can contribute and help our football team."
Clowney unfortunately never got his chance to fully display his talents in 2014 as he suffered the initial injury to his knee in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins at home. Playing sparingly in three games after the first of season, Clowney finished with seven combined tackles and zero sacks before being shut down after Week 12 and opting for the mircofracture surgery to repair the knee.