May 17, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans guard Xavier Su
Let’s take a look:
LB Jadeveon Clowney: Although he was returned back to the practice field, he still has a bit of ways to go before he’s full strength. The plan is still bring him along slowly and go by feel by Clowney, the Texans’ training staff and the doctors that are overseeing his recovery. He did participate in linebacker’s drills, stretching and the walk-through during this week but that’s about the extent of what he’ll do for the time being.
LB’s coach Mike Vrabel is certainly tasked to work extensively with Clowney and here’s what he told the Chron’s Aaron Wilson about the team’s game plan:
"“He’s working and trying to get his confidence back, get on the practice field and start working him into the games,” Vrabel said. “He’s got a schedule that we’re trying to follow with the trainers and with his doctor. When they tell me he can do more, we’ll put him in more.”"
The plan is still for Clowney to get as much practice time in as possible to prep him to at least be ready for the season opener Sep. 13 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on a part-time basis.
I’m also hopeful that he makes an appearance in the preseason before it concludes Sep. 3 in a match up against the Dallas Cowboys.
But until then, we must wait and see how JD progresses as the weeks go by.
Xavier Su’a-Filo is expected to be out again this week as he continues to heal from a injured ankle suffered the first week of training camp.
Here’s some tidbits from some of the beat writers that you know:
KRIV-TV FOX 26’s Mark Berman:
KPRC-TV’s Adam Wexler:
610 SportsRadio’s Cody Stoots:
So the takeaway from these reports is that his issue is not major, he’s work ethic is sound and his treatments are at regular intervals but the Texans are going to take their time to make sure that he’s okay before putting him back into game action.
And that’s fine with me.
Jeff Adams will once again make the start at left guard in place of Su’a-Filo.
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As far as injuries, these are mild concerns going into the preseason but the rest of the active roster is quite healthy and I’m hoping it stays that way.
The Texans take on the Broncos tonight at NRG Stadium.
Kick-off is scheduled 7 p.m.
The game will be televised on ABC Channel 13 (KTRK) and broadcast on 610 SportsRadio AM/100.3 (KILT).