Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney says he is hoping to return for the Monday night (Oct. 20) game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He has been recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery after being injured in his first NFL game.
Clowney, the former South Carolina star who was the first pick in the NFL Draft, said he will have input on when he returns along with team doctors and trainers.
“I’ll come back fired up," Clowney told reporters on Friday. "I want to hit somebody. I haven’t hit anybody in a long time. I’m looking forward to that. I’m just going to try to get after the quarterback and do my job.”
Clowney suffered a torn meniscus in his knee against the Washington Redskins.
“I’ll feel a lot better," he said. "The trainers are really helping me get back into football shape and make my knee better. I can run straight. I’ve been doing some cutting. It’s coming along.
“I trust my knee. The second day I was back, I took off running full speed, and they told me I wasn’t supposed to be doing that.”
Clowney said he has been working to improve his transition from defensive end at USC to outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense with the Texans.