The Texans defense could open the 2015 season fully loaded with Jadeveon Clowney, in addition to the arsenal of J.J. Watt, Vince Wilfork, Brian Cushing, and company. According to head coach Bill O'Brien, Clowney's return to football could be as early as Week 1 at NRG Stadium.
"I think he's gonna be there for the opening game (of the regular season) against Kansas City," O'Brien said via NFL.com. "I think he's going to make it back, and I'm really looking forward to that. He's working very hard to get back."
The Texans No. 1 overall draft pick from 2014 landed on injured reserve after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee in December. Clowney, who spent this offseason rehabbing, has been able to take part in some weight room activities. He has not yet been cleared by doctors, but his recovery is "on the right track," O'Brien said last month.
The Texans wrap up OTAs on Friday and begin mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 16 at the Houston Methodist Training Center.