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O’Brien Gives Clowney A Vote of Confidence

Whatever the external conversation about Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, his coach wanted one thing understood on Monday, Tania Ganguli of reports.

“This guy has worked extremely hard to recover from injuries,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “And I want to be real clear about this with him, as it relates to us here to the Houston Texans. We think very highly of him. We know he’s going to be a really good player. He’s been unlucky. I don’t really care what anybody thinks about what I say in that realm of being unlucky or lucky. He’s had a sports hernia, he’s had a concussion and now he’s dealing with a knee injury. Those things are not easy in your rookie year.”

So far, the Texans rookie has missed eight games and seen limited playing time in the games he has played. Clowney got his most significant playing time two weeks ago against the Cincinnati Bengals, when he played 49 snaps.

“He’s in here every day working extremely hard to get better,” O’Brien said. “He’s definitely day to day, we’ll have to see how he feels and take him out there and run and see if he can cut and do some of the things that really make him the player that he is. He’ll be honest with us. He’s a good kid. He’s a good teammate. He’s working hard to get back out on the field.”

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