Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney had sports hernia surgery in Philadelphia on Thursday, Texans head coach Bill O'Brien confirmed to the media earlier today.
Clowney flew to Philadelphia on Thursday to undergo an examination for a groin issue, then underwent the surgery immediately after confirmation of the problem. O'Brien said Clowney will be ready for training camp. O'Brien said the knock hadn't been bothering the former Gamecock Clowney for long.
"We just looked at it as, let's take care of it now, and he'll be ready for training camp," O'Brien said. "And we're looking forward to seeing him in training camp."
The Texans drafted Clowney first overall out of South Carolina last month. He's been a full participant in the team's voluntary offseason program, previously missing only practices that NFL rules didn't allow him to attend when he was invited to the NFLPA's rookie premiere.
The outside linebacker reportedly had a nagging groin injury during a very impressive showing at his pro day in April.
The Texans need Clowney to be the superstar they expect him to be if they are to be in with any chance of catching Indianapolis in the AFC South. Their defense tied for fifth in sacks two years ago but dropped to 29th in 2013.
JJ Watt, pretty much all by himself, carried the load up front for Houston with 10.5 sacks last season. Clowney could well be the perfect complement for him and the team to make a quick turnaround, which is why it made sense to take care of this problem now instead of waiting to let it get worse.
A lot is expected of the specimen that is Jadeveon and it almost seems like people are asking for too much. He probably won't have a 10-sack season, no matter how much Houston needs it to be better.