Jadeveon Clowney leaves Texans practice early with possible injury


Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney lines up against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter of a preseason game. (Patric Schneider/AP)

Jadeveon Clowney left a joint practice between the Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos early today to go to the medical tent. Per USA Today:

Trainers removed Clowney’s shoulder pads, and he pointed at the left side of his neck as he sat on a training table. Clowney remained in the tent for the remainder of practice but did not actively receive treatment from the medical staff, a sign that whatever ailment sidelined him might not be too serious. …

Clowney left practice after a series of one-on-one drills against Broncos offensive linemen and walked 100 yards down the sideline with trainers while his group participated in a 9-on-7 drill against the Denver offense. Clowney may have been shaken up early in that 9-on-7 period, but he was not treated on the field.

The linebacker did not talk to the media as he went from the medical tent to the team bus. And Houston’s Coach Bill O’Brien was unaware of the star rookie’s diagnosis when he addressed reporters after practice.

“I don’t know yet,” he told reporters (via the Houston Chronicle). “I was in the middle of practice, so I haven’t found out.”

Previously, Clowney has had difficulty with his groin muscles. He has been recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia since June.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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