Jadeveon Clowney was back in action for the third game this season. He injured his knee the first time, and would miss the next six contests. The next time out, he played a little more than half the snaps on defense, but would miss the next week because of the flu. Sunday, he was all smiles after the Texans toppled the Browns, 23-7.
"I'm feeling great," Clowney said. "I'm out there having fun. Great for me to be back out there."
The rookie outside linebacker finished with a pair of tackles. Both stops came when Isaiah Crowell ran the ball. Clowney stopped Crowell for a gain of two yards early in the second quarter, and dropped
Crowell for a loss of a yard later in the half. It was a relatively quiet day for the 2014 first overall pick, but a good day on the whole according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
"I'll have to watch the tape, but I saw him do some things," O'Brien said. "I think that he was out there for a good amount of plays. He is a rookie and he'll get better with more experience. He felt good this week, and it was good to see him out there."
Clowney said he felt "a lot better" than he did after the win over the Titans, but isn't yet where he wants to be.
"I'm working towards that now," Clowney said. "I'm getting back healthy and just being back on the field. Getting my speed back right, getting off the ball like I wanted to. Just keep getting better each week."
The Texans are now 5-5 in 2014, and 3-0 when Clowney's been active.