Texans owner: Offseason work will be key for Clowney's health
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said this week linebacker Jadeveon Clowney needs to use the offseason to prove he can stay healthy next season.
Clowney missed three regular-season games as well as Houston's 30-0 playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs with ankle, back and foot injuries. This, after the former No. 1 overall pick missed all but four games of a rookie season that ended in microfracture surgery on his knee.
“All these young players have to learn how to take care of themselves,” McNair said. “The importance of the offseason workouts is to get yourself in a position where you can endure the season."
In 13 games this season, Clowney recorded 40 tackles, 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble. McNair said he believes the former South Carolina standout is committed to be the impact player the Texans envisioned when taking him with the first pick in the draft.
“I think he’s of the mindset now where he can see he can be an outstanding player, but he’s got to be on the field," McNair said. "That’s his goal.
“I think he’s dedicated to being ready (next season). We’ll probably see him at the stadium a lot more.”