By: Alex Del Barrio, Sportsradio 610By Alex Del Barrio

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney made his return to the Texans practice field on Tuesday after missing more than a week with knee soreness.

Clowney was on the practice field for the entire practice, but was limited in his participation. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said that he did more than they expected him to.

“He actually did more,” O’Brien said in his post practice press conference. “He was only supposed to do individual today and he actually did more than that. So it’s good, it was good to see him do that.”

Clowney returned along with rookie center Nick Martin (back) and cornerback AJ Bouye (groin) who both missed the preseason opener against San Francisco.

While Clowney’s role on the defense isn’t in question despite the time he’s missed. Bill O’Brien made not of the others on the defense who have been shining in Clowney’s absence.

“That’s a very competitive position. John Simon and Whitney Mercilus are really playing well,” O’Brien said. “They’re really playing at a high level. (Clowney) comes back and he adds to that mix and he was out there running around today pretty good it looked like.”

O’Brien was asked if he expected Clowney to play versus New Orleans on Saturday and O’Brien replied simply with, “Sure.”

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