Houston Texans have been rocked by yet another injury blow after it was revealed that star rookie defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is set to be out for a short period.
The former South Carolina football player has not had as bigger impact on the NFL in his rookie season as he would have liked. Drafted first overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, Clowney was expected to be a huge quarterback threat in his first season.
But injuries have restricted him to just four games, with Clowney yet to even register a sack. Speaking this week, Jadeveon confirmed Houston fans worst fears that he has suffered a setback on a knee injury that has hampered him all season.
Clowney reveals his pain
"[I'm in] a lot of pain right now, just been bothering me off and on the whole season," Clowney told ESPN. "Something I've got to push through, but when the swelling comes up, it's a little setback."
Clowney was expected to combine with premier defensive end J.J. Watt to form one of the most dominant defensive lines in football, but it seems like Texans fans will have to wait a while before that dream comes to fruition.
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Slim chance of returning
With Houston firmly out of the post-season race now with 5-6 record, there is no rush for Clowney to get back straight away, with Jadeveon himself revealing the chances of him suiting up at the weekend are very "slim".
“My knee swelled up on me a little bit, and I’m trying to get it back to the way it was before,” Clowney added. “It’s bothering me a lot right now. I’m in a lot of pain. It’s been bothering me off and on the whole season. It’s the kind of thing if I can go, I’ll go. If I can’t, I won’t. I told them [trainers, doctors and coaches] how I feel, and it’s up to them.”