Jadeveon Clowney is active.
For the first time since Week 1's victory over Washington, the rookie outside linebacker will suit up and play in a regular season game for the Texans. Houston kicks off against the Titans in Nashville at noon CT.
The first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft has been rehabbing a knee injury he suffered in the first half of that contest in early September. He was listed as limited on the three practice reports issued by the team this week. On Monday night before the Steelers game, he worked out on the field with strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald.
On Thursday, Clowney said he would "be suprised" if he didn't play against Tennessee.
In his debut against Washington, Clowney tallied a tackle for loss before leaving near the end of the first half with the knee inury. Whitney Mercilus has started in Clowney's place since Week 2.
Mercilus will start at the JACK linebacker spot, and Clowney will see limited action. Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said Thursday Clowney will likely be on the field in passing situations and on third downs. Head coach Bill O'Brien has said multiple times that whenever Clowney came back, his reps would be limited.