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Clowney "feels good", will practice this week

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He didn't play against the Steelers, but there's a decent chance Jadeveon Clowney suits up on Sunday versus the Titans.

"He feels good," head coach Bill O'Brien said on Monday. "I think before the game he still felt his ability to cut wasn't totally there yet."

The rookie outside linebacker is coming back from a knee injury he suffered in Week 1 against Washington. He was limited in Friday and Saturday practices with the Texans, after working out on side fields with the medical, strength and conditioning staffs in the few weeks prior.

Monday night in Pittsburgh, he went through a workout on the field before the game and was ruled inactive shortly thereafter. But according to O'Brien, progress is being made by the first overall pick in the 2014 Draft.

"But he feels really good and he'll practice this week," O'Brien said. "Well see how it goes this week in practice. We'll be able to make a determination pretty soon about whether he can play or not."

Whitney Mercilus has started at the JACK linebacker spot while Clowney's been on the mend, and

O'Brien said the rookie will not immediately take back all the reps from the third-year veteran.

Mercilus had a pair of sacks, a forced fumble and five takcles in the loss to Pittsburgh. On the season, he has five tackles for loss, and they've all come in the last three games.

"When JD comes back he'll have to work back into the mix," O'Brien said. "That's not going to be something that's just handed to him. Whitney's played well enough to deserve playing time and that'll be a competition."

Whenever Clowney returns to game action, O'Brien said he'll "be eased back into the rotation" and won't play 70 to 80 snaps per game. The Texans face the Titans in Nashville this Sunday at noon. Tennessee is 2-5 in 2014.


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