Jadeveon Clowney
American football defensive end
Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney is an American college football defensive end for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. He graduated from South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina and currently attends the University of South Carolina, entering his junior year.
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Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney feeling better, won’t need foot surgery
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
MOBILE, Ala. – Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney’s sprained foot is healing well and he didn’t require surgery, according to coach Bill O’Brien. Clowney missed the Texans’ 30-0 AFC wild-card playoff game loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and their regular-season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars due to the injury. “JD is feeling better about his foot,” O’Brien said at the Senior Bowl all-star game. Clowney finished the season with a career-high 4 1/2 sacks and 40 tackles with one forced fumble, but was limited to 13 games and nine starts due to injuries. Since being drafted first overall in 2014, the former South Carolina star has dealt with a myriad of injuries. He had microfracture knee surgery, a meniscus arthroscopic procedure, sports hernia surgery and a concussion as a rookie when he was limited to four games, seven tackles and zero sacks. Clowney dealt with a sprained ankle and a lower back injury this past season. “I’m going to come back and dominate ...
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Retaining linebackers coach Mike Vrabel instrumental to Texans’ defense
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Convincing linebackers coach Mike Vrabel to remain with the Texans ranks as coach Bill O’Brien and general manager Rick Smith’s most pivotal move so far weeks into the offseason. Vrabel remained with the Texans, landing a hefty raise in the process after turning down Chip Kelly’s offer to be the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator after interviewing Tuesday for the job. There will undoubtedly be other future opportunities for the 40-year-old to run a defense. Vrabel is learning behind 68-year-old defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, one of the most experienced and highest-compensated defensive coordinators in the game. There are scenarios where Vrabel could eventually succeed Crennel down the road. Vrabel is a fiery former NFL Pro Bowl linebacker who’s a tough, passionate coach who relates well to his players. The former New England Patriots standout has a demanding style, but also communicates well. He was instrumental in the development of outside linebacker Whitney Me ...
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Texans assistant Mike Vrabel interviewing for 49ers’ defensive coordinator job
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel has drawn the attention of new San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly and is interviewing Tuesday for their defensive coordinator job. Vrabel has coached the Texans’ linebackers for the past two seasons after a three-year stint coaching linebackers and the defensive line at Ohio State, his alma mater. Vrabel was instrumental in the development of outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus this past season as he recorded a career-high 12 sacks in his second season being coached by Vrabel with three more sacks in the Texans’ 30-0 playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Middle linebacker Brian Cushing led the team in tackles this past season. Outside linebacker John Simon had a career-high five sacks, and Vrabel coached rookie starting inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney, a second-round draft pick. While frequently battling injuries, outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney contributed a career-high 4 1/2 sacks. The former New England Patriots Pro Bow ...
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John McClain’s 2015 Texans report card: Linebackers
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
An improved performance by the linebackers played a significant role in the Texans ranking third in the NFL in defense and winning the AFC South with a 9-7 record. !function(D,id,s){ if(D.getElementById(id))return; s=D.createElement('script');s.id=id; s.src='//pollware-cdn.sodahead.com/pollware/pollware_890.js'; D.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(s); }(document,'sh-pollware-loader'); McCLAIN'S GRADE: B HIGHS Whitney Mercilus established a career high with 12 sacks and added three more in the playoff loss to Kansas City. Brian Cushing played 16 games for the first time since 2011 and finished with 110 tackles, the third-best total of his career. John Simon started eight games and came off the bench in eight more, registering five sacks, third on the team behind J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus. LOWS Jadeveon Clowney couldn’t stay on the field because of injuries, none involving the microfracture surgery on his knee from 2014. Clowney finished with only 4 ½ sack ...
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Texans owner Bob McNair: Jadeveon Clowney needs to get to work this offseason
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans owner Bob McNair said this week outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney needs to do the offseason work that gives him a better chance of staying healthy next season. Clowney missed the last two games, including the 30-0 playoff loss to Kansas City, with a foot injury. He missed time with various injuries this season but none involving the microfracture surgery on his knee. “I certainly hope so,” McNair said when asked if he thought Clowney would stay healthy. “I think he’s of the mindset now where he can see he can be an outstanding player, but he’s got to be on the field. That’s his goal. “I think he’s dedicated to being ready (next season). We’ll probably see him at the stadium a lot more.” Under the last collective bargaining agreement, the offseason program doesn’t begin until April. Players can work out at NRG Stadium but can’t be involved in anything football-related. “All these young players have to learn how to take care of themselves,” McNair said. “The importanc ...
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Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney out for playoff game
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney was sidelined for Saturday’s playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to a left foot injury. With Clowney out, John Simon started opposite Whitney Mercilus at outside linebacker. Clowney has been limping all week. He was listed as not practicing Friday during a walkthrough after returning to practice on a limited basis Thursday. Clowney had said previously that he expected to play this week, as had owner Bob McNair. Clowney hasn’t conducted interviews this week. However, he missed the Texans’ regular-season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars after getting injured against the Tennessee Titans two weeks ago. Clowney started nine of 13 games played this season and had 4 1/2 sacks while dealing with back and ankle injuries. “I don’t think he was close,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “We talked about that towards the end of the week. I felt terrible for him. I mean, he wasn’t about to push off the foot and run basically. Real ...
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Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney questionable for playoff game
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is listed as questionable with a left foot injury on the final injury report heading into Saturday’s playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium. Clowney has been limping all week. He was listed as not practicing Friday during a walkthrough after returning to practice on a limited basis Thursday. Clowney had said previously that he expected to play this week, as had owner Bob McNair. Clowney hasn’t conducted interviews this week. He missed the Texans’ regular-season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars after getting injured against the Tennessee Titans two weeks ago. If Clowney is active and plays, he’s expected to be limited against the Chiefs. “Oh, he was light in practice,” Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said. “He’s day to day.  We’ll have to see how it goes.” Starting wide receiver Nate Washington is probable with a hip injury suffered against the Jaguars. The following players are all listed as p ...
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Texans injury report is lengthy heading into playoff game against Chiefs
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
The Texans’ training room is crowded heading into Saturday’s AFC wild-card playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Texans filed a lengthy injury report Wednesday. However, the only players in any danger of missing the game are outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (left foot) and wide receiver Nate Washington (hip). Several players were limited, including Pro Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt (broken left hand, groin), punter Shane Lechler (left hamstring), Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (hand),  tight end Ryan Griffin (Achilles), center Ben Jones (kne), offensive tackle Derek Newton (elbow, shoulder), running back Alfred Blue (calf), cornerback Kevin Johnson (foot, wrist), outside linebacker John Simon (chest), Participating fully: cornerback A.J. Bouye (knee) inside linebacker Max Bullough (shoulder), safety Quintin Demps (shoulder),  cornerback Kareem Jackson (ankle), outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (back), running back Chris Polk (knee) and offensive guard Xavi ...
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During Alfred Blue fan event, players lament losses of Arian Foster, Duane Brown
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
As running back Alfred Blue hosted a Texans Super Fan contest Tuesday night at the Houston Texans Grille, he paid tribute to former Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster. Out for the season with a torn Achilles after previously undergoing surgery to repair a torn groin muscle, Foster’s future with the Texans is uncertain due to his recent injury history and a $9.3 million salary-cap figure heading into the final year of a five-year, $43.5 million contract. Teammates paid their respect to Foster, who attended the event, smiling and interacting with fans before politely declining an interview request from The Houston Chronicle. “Man, it’s a big thing,” said Blue, who’s been mentored by Foster and rushed for 698 yards and two touchdowns in his second NFL season. “He’s one of the leaders on the team, a great running back, one of the top backs in the league. Just being a young back and learning from him and him mentoring me and critiquing me. “It’s a big thing to go out there and play g ...
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Texans coach Bill O’Brien: Jadeveon Clowney, Nate Washington ‘day-to-day’
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and wide receiver Nate Washington were characterized as “day-to-day” by coach Bill O’Brien for Saturday’s AFC wild-card playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Clowney already has said he expects to play this week, though, after being sidelined Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After the game, owner Bob McNair declared that the former top overall pick will be back for this game. “Jadeveon Clowney, I think he feels pretty good today,” O’Brien said. “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and then Wednesday obviously.” Washington injured his hip Sunday, the second time this season he’s hurt his hip. O’Brien said that wide receiver Cecil Shorts has a chance to play Saturday after injuring his hamstring against the Indianapolis Colts. In his first season with the Texans, Shorts caught 42 passes for 484 yards and two touchdowns. “It doesn’t matter, you just want to go,” Shorts said. “You get your mind right and your body as best as ...
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Texans injury report: Jadeveon Clowney, Cecil Shorts ruled out
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and wide receiver Cecil Shorts have been officially ruled out for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Clowney has a left foot injury, suffered last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Shorts injured his hamstring against the Indianapolis Colts. Initially, Clowney was worried that he was hurt badly. He’s no longer in a walking boot and is expected back for the playoffs. “Yeah, I was kind of upset,” Clowney said. “I was like ‘Damn, I don’t want to be in a boot or a cast’ but you know, it happens. It’s football and injuries happen. You just got to prepare yourself to get better and get back, so you can get back out there with your team as soon as possible.” Meanwhile, defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan (illness) is questionable. Texans backup cornerback A.J. Bouye (knee) and starting defensive end Jared Crick (back) were upgraded to full participation Friday after being limited Thursday. Both players are liste ...
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Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney unlikely to play Sunday due to foot injury
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney remains sidelined with a left foot injury and hasn’t practiced all week and is unlikely to play Sunday, according to coach Bill O’Brien. Clowney was in a walking boot after leaving the game against the Tennessee Titans, but has been out of the walking boot for a few days. He suffered no structural damage. Wide receiver Cecil Shorts has been ruled out for Sunday due to a hamstring injury. “Taking it easy, taking it one day at a time, working, trying to get back, little injury, we’re all trying to do what we can do to get me back on the field,” Clowney said. When asked if it made sense to rest up for the playoffs, Clowney replied: “I don’t know. It’s just like if I can go, I know I would have went. [O’Brien] knows I would have played, too. I’m trying to get right to help the team the next game. I’m getting better every day.” Clowney had 4 1/2 sacks and played 13 games this season, missing games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cin ...
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Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney, Cecil Shorts sidelined, Rahim Moore returns from illness
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney remains sidelined with a left foot injury suffered last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Clowney was in a walking boot after the game. Although Clowney downplayed the severity of the injury and coach Bill O’Brien hasn’t ruled him out for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s rested for this game so he can heal up for the playoffs. Meanwhile, wide receiver Cecil Shorts is out with a hamstring injury and not expected to play Sunday. Reserve free safety Rahim Moore returned from an illness that sidelined him for two games. Moore has been a healthy scratch since a loss to the Miami Dolphins where he struggled at tackling, coverage and pursuit angles. Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer resumed his usual practice routine as the first-string quarterback now that he’s been cleared and is no longer under the NFL concussion protocol. Hoyer is slated to start Sunday against the J ...
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No structural damage to Jadeveon Clowney’s foot; Charles James breaks foot
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney suffered no structural damage to his left foot, according to coach Bill O’Brien. Clowney was in a walking boot Sunday after leaving the game against the Tennessee Titans. “Clowney, he’s day-to-day right now,” O’Brien said. “It’s a foot issue. There’s no structural damage there, so it’s just day-to-day and we’ll see how that goes as the week progresses. O’Brien said that Clowney hasn’t been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and there’s a possibility he could play in the regular-season finale. “Yeah, I’ll be all right,” Clowney said Sunday. “I’m good. I feel pretty good.” Meanwhile, popular reserve cornerback Charles James’ season is over. The former Hard Knocks hero has been playing with a fractured foot for a month. He fully fractured it Sunday and will be placed on injured reserve. “He’s been trying to gut it out and tough it out,” O’Brien said. “He has done that. He’s practiced and played and he’s do ...
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Texans LB Whitney Mercilus looking for repeat performance vs. Titans
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
In the Texans’ 20-6 victory over the Titans, outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus embarrassed left tackle Taylor Lewan for a career-high 3 ½ sacks against quarterback Zach Mettenberger. He also had one called back because of a penalty. Afterward, Lewan admitted Mercilus had gotten the best of him. Mercilus has a career-high 8 ½ sacks with two games remaining. He knows Lewan will want revenge, but he’ll spend most of the game blocking Jadeveon Clowney this time. “He did well, but they’ve got a heck of a coaching staff (and), they’re probably not going to allow that to happen again,” defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said. “There’s going to be some new ways that they figure out how to protect.” The Texans tied a team record with seven sacks in that game. “They’re not going to allow all those sacks again in their minds,” Crennel said. “They’re going to have a way to change that up. “I think in the end, it has more to do with kind of, how their team has changed, how our team ...
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Texans’ Cecil Shorts, Rahim Moore ruled out; Jared Crick injured back
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans veteran wide receiver Cecil Shorts has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Tennessee because of a hamstring injury. With Shorts out, rookie wide receiver Jaelen Strong will start in his place. Reserve safety Rahim Moore has an illness that has lingered since last Saturday and he has also been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. Shorts and Moore didn’t practice. “Look, I think he’s sick, and the doctors are examining him, but so far I don’t think it’s cause for major concern,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “But he is sick.” Defensive end Jared Crick is day to day, according to O’Brien. Crick injured his back. “It was just like a midsection deal,” O’Brien said. “Again, I’d like to put a diagnosis on it but I just rely on the injury report on that.” Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer practiced for the second consecutive day as he continues to deal with a concussion. He remains in the NFL concussion testing protocol, but is progressing and O’Brien sa ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jadeveon Clowney
    TEENAGE
  • 2012
    Age 19
    So far in 2012 in 7 games where the University of S.C. is 6-1, Clowney has amassed 25 tackles (17 that were solo), 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
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  • 2011
    Age 18
    For the 2011 season, Clowney logged 36 total tackles (12 for loss), 8 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles.
    More Details Hide Details In South Carolina's historic 30-13 win over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl, Clowney recorded four tackles and two sacks.
    On February 14, 2011, his 18th birthday, Clowney committed to the University of South Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details Clowney turned in a prolific freshman season for the Gamecocks, highlighted by SEC Freshman of the Year and All-SEC 2nd Team honors from the league's coaches. He was also named to multiple Freshman All-American 1st Team lists, including The Sporting News, FWAA, Rivals.com, and CBSSports.com.
    Clowney was named by ESPN, as well as Scouts and Rivals, as the top college football recruiting prospect in the nation leading into the 2011 NCAA Signing Day, (February 2, 2011).
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  • 2010
    Age 17
    For the 2010 season, Clowney had 162 tackles, 29.5 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, 11 forced fumbles, 6 fumbles recoveries, 43 quarterback pressures and five defensive touchdowns.
    More Details Hide Details South Pointe was 38-6 during his three varsity seasons.
    Clowney was named South Carolina's 2010 Mr. Football, and was considered the consensus No. 1 football recruit in the United States for his class.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1993
    Age 0
    Born on February 14, 1993.
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