Texans rookie Jadeveon Clowney drew a big cheer from fans when he jogged onto the field for the first practice of training camp. They were glad to see the first overall pick on the field despite having sports hernia surgery in June.
Clowney said he is not 100 percent healthy, but couldn't say exactly how far from that he is right now.
"I don’t know, I hope so," Clowney said when asked if he would be ready for padded practices on Monday. "But I’ll let the trainers make the call. I’m a lot better than where I was. I learned a lot of the playbook already."
Clowney, the first overall pick in the NFL draft in May, participated in many of the half-speed linebacker drills, but sat out of team 11-on-11s.
"We’re staying with the rehab protocol which allows him to practice a little bit," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "... Just like every guy that’s coming off surgery, everybody has a different level of restriction, which is a good way to put it. They're edgy, they want to get going, but it’s a long season, so we bring them back at their pace. When they’re ready to go, they go."
Saturday morning marked the first practice of the Texans' training camp. Players weren't in pads -- that's reserved for Monday -- as they practiced before a crowd of fans. They'll practice this afternoon, too, but that practice is closed to fans and media.