Jadeveon Clowney was inactive Sunday, but head coach Bill O'Brien is optimistic the first overall pick will be back on the field the next time the Texans play a game.
"I see a rookie player that is injured and is trying to come back from injury and he had a little setback this week with the flu and hopefully he'll be back ready for Cleveland," O'Brien said after the Texans fell to the Eagles, 31-21, on Sunday.
Clowney didn't practice Wednesday, was limited in practice on Thursday because of the knee injury he suffered in Week 1, and didn't practice Friday because of his knee and an illness. The outside linebacker worked out before the game on the field, but was ruled inactive a week after he suited up and played at Tennessee.
O'Brien said he thinks "the world of Jadeveon Clowney", and has kept tabs on the linebacker.
"He and I speak every day, multiple times per day, text messages, phone calls, just like I do with all the rookies, and hopefully he'll be ready to go," O'Brien said."He's working hard to get over the hump and get back on the field."
The Texans have a bye in Week 10, and will face the Browns in Cleveland in Week 11.