Jadeveon Clowney practiced on Friday

For the first time since early September, Jadeveon Clowney practiced with his teammates.

"It was a great day for me to be out there with my teammates," Clowney said Friday. "All those guys were excited to see me out there and I was laughing with them, but they know I'm still taking it one day at a time and trying to get back to where I want to be."

The rookie linebacker was injured in the first half of the Week 1 win over Washington, and had knee surgery later that week. He's been rehabbing since, and for the last few weeks worked with the team's medical and strength and conditioning staff on a side field.

Friday however, he was back with the squad.

"He practiced today," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "I would say again, it'll be a gametime decision."

O'Brien said Clowney "looked good", and that "on Monday he'll tell us what he can do."

The Texans will practice again on Saturday before flying to Pittsburgh on Sunday. They face the Steelers on Monday Night Football.

Clowney notched a tackle for loss against Washington, and Whitney Mercilus has started in his place since.

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