Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney said he missed this past Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia because of soreness in his knee as well as illness, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The former South Carolina star and No. 1 draft pick became ill at practice last week, throwing up before being carted off the field into.
“It was pretty much both, the knee and I was sick,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “I was out. I didn’t get to practice at the end of the week. I was at home sick. I don’t know what I had, but it wasn’t good. I’m feeling better. The knee is getting better.”
The Texans have a bye this week, but Clowney hopes to play in the next game at Cleveland on Nov. 16.
Clowney said he continues to have soreness in his knee that was surgically repaired after the first game of the season. He feels pain when he moves laterally.
“There are certain things going on with my knee still,” he said. “It’s just not where it needs to be right now. We’re taking a step back and trying to get it to where we need it be so I can play.”
Clowney told the Chonicle that he is not bothered by former players on network television shows, local and national media and fans calling him out for missing so much time in his rookie season.
“Because I talk to the guys around here (and) the coaches,” he said. “We talk just about every day, me and (Bill) O’Brien, the guys around me. It’s not been a problem.
“They just want me as healthy as I can (get and) come out there and help them. They know what I can do, and they want me full-go and not just out there (going through) the motions.”