Injuries are popping up already for the Texans this camp, and they may have suffered a monster injury as running back Arian Foster left practice last night after he injured his groin in the team’s first fully padded practice.
“We’ve got to monitor Arian, like I told you guys that in the offseason and I think that’s what that’s all about today,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said.
Foster has missed 11 games over the last two seasons with injuries, and if it’s a situation where the injury simply requires rest to heal, expect to not see much of him for quite some time at camp while he recovers.
The Texans will start camp without their number one pick from a year ago, as OLB Jadeveon Clowney has been placed on the active/physically unable to perform list.
The move is one that will enable the team to keep Clowney on the PUP list for the first six weeks of the regular season if his knee doesn’t cooperate.
Clowney can be activated at any point during training camp, and since even team physician Dr. Walt Lowe said that the OLB has looked great coming off his knee injury, he should be back soon and ready to go for the opener vs the Chiefs.
The Texans’ first-ever playoff season included this game, which they could have won under different circumstances. The problem was that their two top quarterbacks, Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart, were out with injuries, so head coach Gary Kubiak had to put things in the hands of third-string quarterback T.J. Yates. Still, with the Ravens falling all over themselves, the Texans would have had an opportunity to win but for Yates’s three interceptions—the final one thrown to Ed Reed at the Baltimore four-yard line with less than three minutes left in the game.
“To come out and play the way this team has played, I think it’s just remarkable,” team owner Bob McNair said after the game. “Where would New England have been if [Tom] Brady wasn’t playing, and if Wes Welker wasn’t playing, and if their best defensive player wasn’t playing? Go down the list of any of these teams and ask where they would be—and they wouldn’t be in the playoffs. And this team was in the playoffs.”
Yes, they were. And with a better quarterback, who knows what might have happened?
Texans team physician Dr. Walt Lowe said outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney “looks spectacular” seven months removed from microfracture surgery, Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com reports.
Lowe offered that analysis in an interview with Forbes.com.
Clowney was limited to four games his rookie year after being selected first overall in the draft. He suffered a lateral right meniscus tear in the Texans’ 2014 season opener.
He had arthroscopic knee surgery the next day and attempted to return to the field in the following month.
Continued swelling in his knee and pain eventually made clear the arthroscopic surgery was not sufficient. Due to articular cartilage damage, Clowney underwent microfracture surgery on Dec. 8.
The second surgery ended his season.
The surgery involves creating tiny fractures in the bones surrounding the knee to increase blood flow to the area and aid the recovery of the cartilage. It also requires a demanding and disciplined rehab schedule.
As part of that rehab, the Texans have used blood flow restriction therapy, which is designed to minimize muscle deficits early in rehab.
According to ESPN’s Stephania Bell, the Texans were the first team in the league to implement such training, which is also called “tourniquet” training.
“The real goal in the end is to have him be who he was before he got hurt,” Lowe said.
J.J. Watt posted a picture on Instagram of him meeting his lifetime crush, Jennifer Aniston.
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A jury of his peers tabbed Texans defensive end J.J. Watt the best player in the NFL in the NFL Network’s annual Top 100 poll voted on by the league’s players, Greg Rajan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
In the results revealed Wednesday night, Watt outpointed Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who finished second after trumping Watt in last season’s MVP balloting.
Watt is the first defensive player to be voted No. 1 in the poll’s five years. Watt, who finished 12th in 2014, won his second NFL Defensive Player of the Year award last season.
Old feuds die hard, and in the AFC South, it appears a feud between Titans QB Zach Mettenberger and Texans DE J.J. Watt is far from over.
The spat started about 9 months ago when a back and forth started between the two over a Mettenberger-photographed selfie.
Mettenberger, in an interview with CampusSports.net, opened the wound back up and went after Watt.
“J.J. had to say it’s a bit high schoolish that I take selfies, and I think he still rags me on Instagram every time he posts a selfie,” Mettenberger said. “At the same time, if that’s high schoolish, he got a letterman jacket made — a Texans letterman jacket.
“That’s pretty high schoolish to me, don’t you say?”
The jacket pic of Watt went online back in October, and the two continued to go back and forth about Mettenberger’s many selfies.
The Texans DE tweeted today about the situation.
A lion doesn't concern himself with the opinions of a sheep. Time to attack the day.