HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Houston Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien said at his Friday press conference at NRG Stadium that defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will play on Sunday when the Texans face their AFC South rival the Indianapolis Colts.
Clowney did not travel with and missed the Texans Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers with an elbow/wrist injury. Clowney had started the previous 11 games for the Texans after dealing with a pair of injury riddled seasons his first two years in the NFL.
Clowney gave Texans fans hope that he would return to the field Thursday when he told reporters, “I’ll be out there,” for Sunday’s game against the Colts.
Clowney is tied for fifth in the NFL in tackles for loss with 12 and has been their top run defender in an improving rush defense that struggled early in 2016 at stopping rushers.
Cornerback Johnathan Joseph, who is dealing with cracked ribs and a bruised lung, did not practice all week and while a decision on his availability likely won’t be made until Sunday, O’Brien called the likelihood of Joseph playing as “remote”.
“Just got to go out there and try to give it a shot,” Joseph said. “I guess you do your pre-game thing, workout before the game and see where you stand.”
Joseph added that his status has really more to do with pain tolerance when he goes through his pre game preparation.
“There’s not really a time-table on it just comes down to how much pain and how much can you do with it.”
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