Last year’s No. 1 overall pick, Jadeveon Clowney, is still recovering from microfracture surgery he had on his right knee about four months ago.
While there is still no timetable for his return, Clowney is optimistic about the process so far.
“I’m making progress, and I’m very encouraged,” Clowney told the Houston Chronicle. “I’m working hard, but we’re not going to rush it.”
He said that rehab is harder than playing, because he has to be at the stadium before anyone else and stay longer.
“Man, I thought that was going to be real tough, but I had my family around a lot,” Clowney said. “When they finally told me I could walk, I just took off.
“I’m progressing well. I’m moving forward in my rehab. Things are starting to come together just like I hoped they would.”
The Houston Texans have high hopes for Clowney, who was the best player in college football while at South Carolina two seasons before his draft year. Houston’s defensive line already includes arguably the best player in football, J.J. Watt, and veteran space eater Vince Wilfork. Adding Clowney to that mix makes the Texans’ defensive line the best in the NFL.