"Good shot" Clowney plays vs. Titans

Less than 48 hours away from kickoff with Tennessee, it's looking more and more like Jadeveon Clowney will be active for the first time since Week 1.

"I thought he did what he had to do this week," head coach Bill O'Brien said Friday. "I think he's got a good shot to play on Sunday."

The Texans and Titans square off at noon CT in Nashville, and the rookie outside linebacker practiced on a limited basis for the third straight day. He's been on the comeback trail from a knee injury he suffered against Washington. In the days after exiting that contest, he had surgery. Now though, it

looks like Clowney will likely suit up on Sunday.

If he does indeed play, he'll be limited by O'Brien and company.

"Our thing is I don't see him playing 75 plays in the game," O'Brien said. "That would be the thing. He's probably got somewhat of a pitch count."

Whitney Mercilus has started at the JACK linebacker spot in place of Clowney since the injury. Mercilus has five tackles for loss in the last three games. O'Brien said Clowney would have to compete with Mercilus to win back the starting job.

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