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Jadeveon Clowney closer to returning

Jadeveon Clowney is closer to returning.

The rookie outside linebacker, who left in the first half of Week 1's win over Washington with a knee injury, said Friday that he's "feeling alright" and the team's medical training staff is "getting me back in football shape and getting my knee back."

Clowney said he would like to play on Monday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he's itching to make an impact.

"I want to hit somebody," Clowney said. "I haven't hit anybody in a long time. About a month. So I'm looking forward to that."

Head coach Bill O'Brien, though, said a return on October 20 was still "iffy".

"He's progressing," O'Brien said on Friday. "I would say that's still 50-50 whether he plays in that game or not."

The first overall pick in the Draft said that in addition to straight-line running, he's incorporated drills in which he can make cuts as well. The rehab started so well, in fact, that he had to keep himself in check.

"The second day I started running, back two or three weeks ago, I was like 'I'm running full speed,'" Clowney said. "I took off, but you're not supposed to be doing that yet."

The former South Carolina Gamecock has talked with the trainers every day about how his body feels, and he's also kept up on the football side of things by "keeping up with what's going on in the meeting room." Once he returns to action, his goals are very simple.

"I'm just going to try to get after the quarterback. Pass rush. Do my job," Clowney said.


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