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Saturday, August 2, 2014
Jadeveon Clowney leaves practice early

By Tania Ganguli

Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney had another day of eye-popping plays during training camp. Today's included a blocked punt just off Shane Lechler's foot.

But Clowney's day on the practice field ended early this morning. He iced what looked like an area right around his right hip flexor and then left practice on a cart before it ended.

In typical Bill O'Brien fashion, the coach downplayed what happened.

"We're just trying to manage him," O'Brien said. "He's coming off of surgery and we're just trying to manage him. He's out there and he wants to go every rep. And I'm sure just like all the guys, after seven practices I'm sure he's a little sore and we'll just continue to manage him."

Asked if Clowney tweaked anything at practice today, O'Brien said he hadn't.

Clowney, the team's No. 1 overall draft pick in May, had sports hernia surgery in June. Consequently, his participation in practice has been limited. Clowney said on Friday that he did not feel limited physically. Still, like other players returning from injury, the Texans had kept him on a schedule.

"I go with [Texans head trainer] Geoff Kaplan on that," O'Brien said. "We try to measure or count how many reps he has in practice and kind of keep him on a pitch count there. He wants to be in every drill, so we'll just continue to do that."

Typically that involves sitting out certain plays. This is the first time Clowney has left practice early on a cart since training camp started.