Jadeveon Clowney "anxious" to play

Questionable.

That's the simple word used for whether or not Jadeveon Clowney will play on Monday night against the Steelers.

He was listed as limited in practice on both Friday and Saturday, but his presence on the field with his

teammates was a positive step in his returning to action. The previous few weeks had seen the rookie linebacker working on a side field with the team's medical, strength and conditioning staff. Clowney injured his knee in Week 1 against Washington, and had surgery shortly thereafter. A solitary tackle for loss is the only stat he registered in less than a half of play, and he said he's itching to get back to playing in games.

"Very anxious to be out there with my teammates playing in a NFL game because I haven't played since the first game," Clowney said. "I'm looking forward to playing again and just taking it one day at a time and getting back out there."

Whenever he does return, head coach Bill O'Brien said it would be on a limited basis, and that the former South Carolina Gamecock "certainly wouldn't" be in the game for 70 plays.

O'Brien was pleased with how Clowney looked in practice, and said the rookie moved around well and had clearly been on top things mentally as well.

"I study each team depending on who we're playing," Clowney said. "We studied the Colts and now it's on to Pittsburgh, a new team. I still have the same mindset as the rest of the guys every week. I study our opponents and it's going to be pretty good."

Clowney will work out before the game on Monday night and he and the team will then decide if his knee is healthy enough for action.

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