After just four appearances, five total tackles and zero sacks, the rookie season of Jadeveon Clowney has come to an end with news today that the Houston Texans have placed the number one overall pick on the Injured Reserve list.
The outside linebacker has been troubled with several injury issues in his first season in the NFL, the most recent of which - a right knee issue which he sought a second opinion on this past week - has seemingly put a premature end to his season.
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The Texans' official Twitter account broke the news on Thursday, while head coach Bill O'Brien confirmed that Clowney is set to undergo surgery on the knee complaint.
With all the hype surrounding Clowney as he headed for the NFL out of the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Houston Texans will be disappointed with the limited usage they have been able to get out of the young star.
Since tearing his meniscus in the Texans' season opener against the Redskins he has only once managed to start back to back games (11/16 vs the Browns and 11/23 vs the Bengals), failing to showcase his obvious talents.
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While Houston fans will be frustrated not to have seen more from Clowney, and may wish the team had chosen differently at the 2014 draft, the player remains full of potential if and when he can get fit.
And it looks like the Texans aren't waisting time in getting to that stage - O'Brien today revealing early surgery plans will hopefully work out best for all parties in the future.
"I think highly of all these players he," he told the media today.
"As it related to JD, this guy's been injured and it's time to clean it up."
There had been some concerns in the lead up to the 2014 draft concerning Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic and his injury-hit rookie year does not help those rumors disappear.
His head coach remains fully behind him though, emphasising Clowney's disappointment at having to cut short his season.
With the Houston Texans 6-6 and still in the playoff hunt they won't be able to call upon the rookie talent for added emphasis on the defensive end but with J.J. Watt playing at an MVP calibre this season they will hope Clowney won't be missed too much.
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