Former NFL players such as LaDainian Tomlinson and Warren Sapp have been critical of Houston Texans rookie Jadeveon Clowney, who missed six weeks after undergoing knee surgery following the season-opener and then missed this past Sunday’s game against the Eagles with an illness.
"That's a character flaw to me,” former NFL running back Tomlinson told Total Access Pregame. “One thing we always try to preach about young athletes is giving them too much early, that's what happens. They don't want to work for it anymore."
"You're disappointing us and you're wearing out your coaches and everybody down in Houston," Sapp said.
There also have been reports that Houston coaches are becoming “frustrated” with Clowney.
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But Texans coach Bill O’Brien continues to defend the No. 1 draft pick from South Carolina.
“I see a rookie player that is injured and is trying to come back from injury and he had a little setback this week with the flu and hopefully he'll be back ready for Cleveland,” O’Brien told reporters. “He's had a couple injuries here and a concussion, some of that is bad luck. ... I think the world of Jadeveon Clowney. I don't think there's anyone here that’s frustrated with (him).”