Houston (CBS Houston) – Number one overall pick Jadeveon Clowney’s status for the Texans preseason opener had been in doubt, until Thursday.
“I’ll be playing,” Clowney said. “It means a lot to be out there with my teammates. I’ll be learning what to do.”
Clowney had off-season sports hernia surgery that has kept him limited for most of training camp. He was a partial participant in Thursday’s practice but wasn’t sure if he’d have a play count come Saturday.
“They didn’t say (I have) a play count,” Clowney said. “I’m just doing whatever coach wants me to do.”
Bill O’Brien doesn’t like to offer up information about his game plans, so Clowney’s indication that he would start caught him off-guard.
“He’ll start? Really?” O’Brien joked. “That’s news to me.”
Clowney was the number one player coming out of high school, an all-american at South Carolina, and the first overall pick in May’s draft. But Saturday will be the first time he dawns an NFL uniform in an NFL stadium.
“I’m very excited about it,” Clowney said. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming about, something I’ve been waiting for for a long time and now it’s coming up fast and I’m just looking forward to it.”
Clowney surpassed former first round pick Whitney Mercilus for the first team reps last week. He’s also been lining up on the right side next to J.J. Watt.
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