Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney will meet with Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his surgically repaired right knee.
Clowney will visit Andrews’ facility in Pensacola, Fla., Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Wednesday.
The former South Carolina star experienced a setback with the knee recently and missed the Texans’ win this past Sunday against Tennessee.
O’Brien came to the defense of the top pick in the NFL draft, who has been the subject of criticism for missing so much time because of several injuries.
“I want to be real clear about this with him as it relates to us here and the Houston Texans,” O’Brien said. “We think very highly of him. We know that he is going to be a really good player. He has been unlucky ... he is a good kid. He is a good teammate and he is working hard to get back on the field.”
Clowney has started two of the four games he has appeared in, collecting seven tackles and no sacks.
Clowney initially suffered a torn meniscus in the Texans’ season opener Sept. 7 and had arthroscopic knee surgery the next day. He missed the next six games, returned for one game, missed the next game, and then played in the Texans’ Week 11 and 12 games against the Browns and Bengals.
“When he returns, we’ll all sit down with our doctors, our medical people, Dr. Andrews, (general manager) Rick Smith, obviously, and myself,” O’Brien said Wednesday. “We’ll make the best decision moving forward with that information that we gather from our doctor, from Dr. Andrews. It’s always in the best interest of the player. ... What’s best for the player moving forward.”
In the week before the Bengals game, Clowney said his knee did not feel right. But he played a season-high 49 plays. Afterward, he said he experienced more pain and swelling in his knee.
“I’m kind of surprised; I thought it would have been over,” Clowney said on Thanksgiving. “I thought it’d be back to where it was by now. Some people react differently to injuries.”
Clowney had groin surgery in June, shortly after signing his rookie contract. He suffered a concussion in August during a joint practice against Denver.