Clowney "getting better and better every day"

The Texans went through what head coach Bill O'Brien termed a "light" practice, and rookie Jadeveon Clowney was on the field with his teammates.

"I thought he was moving around well," O'Brien said. "It's getting better and better every day."

O'Brien also said Clowney will likely be a gametime decision for Sunday's noon kickoff at Tennessee.

The outside linebacker has missed every game, except for the first half of the win over Washington to start 2014, because of a knee injury. He had surgery in the days following that Week 1 contest, and has been rehabbing since. He was limited in practice on Friday and Saturday of last week, and worked out prior to the Monday night game against Pittsburgh. He was inactive against the Steelers.

Whitney Mercilus has started the six games at the JACK linebacker spot in place of Clowney. He's tallied five tackles for a loss in the last three games, and picked up a pair of sacks and a forced fumble against Pittsburgh.

Defensive end J.J. Watt would like to see Clowney back on the field as well.

"Obviously, I want our whole team to be healthy," Watt said. "Hopefully he's healthy and can get back out there and help us and contribute to the team."

The Texans practice again on Thursday and Friday before heading to Nashville on Saturday.

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