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Texans OLB Clowney ‘Confident’ Knee is Healing

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Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is making terrific progress in his recovery from microfracture surgery on his right knee almost four months ago, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Clowney, the first overall pick in last year’s draft, expressed confidence that he’ll be able to return but didn’t put a timetable on it.

Last week, coach Bill O’Brien praised Clowney’s progress in his daily rehabilitation at NGR Stadium and said the Texans are hoping he can be on the field sometime during training camp that begins the last week of July.

“I’m not going to speak on that, but I’m making progress, and I’m very encouraged,” Clowney said during an appearance at the Puma store in the Galleria. “I’m working hard, but we’re not going to rush it.”

Speaking publicly for the first time since undergoing surgery on Dec. 8, Clowney said, “Rehab is tough, tougher than playing. You have to get there (NRG Stadium) earlier than everybody and leave later than everybody.”

The Texans are satisfied with Clowney’s progress and speak positively about his return next season. Still, microfracture surgery calls for a nine- to 10-month recovery period.

Clowney said he works four to five hours a day. He couldn’t put weight on his right knee for “six to seven weeks” after undergoing surgery.

“Man, I thought that was going to be real tough, but I had my family around a lot,” Clowney said about not being able to put weight on his knee. “When they finally told me I could walk, I just took off.

“I’m progressing well. I’m moving forward in my rehab. Things are starting to come together just like I hoped they would.”

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