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Jadeveon Clowney not doing full field work yet, but on track

5/19/2015

The Houston Texans are scheduled to begin organized team activities next week, and it doesn't sound like they will have the full services of outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney on the field just yet.

That's no cause for alarm. Clowney's rehab is on track, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said during a town hall conference call with season ticket holders last week.

"This is probably the question I get asked the most," O'Brien said when asked about Clowney's progress. "My son Michael, he turned 10 on May 5th. Every night when I get home he asks me how Clowney’s doing.

"I’ve been impressed with the way JD’s working. He's been out there. He's in early. He's rehabbing. But he's also being able to take part in some of the things that we do in the weight room. He's not able to do all of the things that we do on the field just yet, because of his rehab. But he's on the right track."

Clowney's rehab has been a tough one as he's coming back from two surgeries last season on his right knee. The first was a simple arthroscopic knee surgery that didn't resolve his knee problems as well as the Texans had hoped. Clowney suffered a lateral meniscus tear and articular cartilage damage in the Texans' 2014 season opener against Washington. The second surgery was microfracture surgery, performed in December.

By all accounts he's been diligent in his rehab. Each time Texans representatives have spoken about his progress, they have sounded optimistic.