There's a chance Jadeveon Clowney might be back in action this August.
"Hopefully he'll be able to get out on the field sometime during training camp," head coach Bill O'Brien said in a Monday morning NFL Network interview with Tiffany Blackmon. "Maybe at the beginning of training camp if he continues to work at the pace that he's been working."
The first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Clowney played in just four games last season because of a knee injury, which required microfracture surgery in early December. A September 2015 return was originally predicted, but because of how Clowney's attacked the rehab process, he might be back a little sooner.
"Our team needs him, and he knows that. He's working hard to get back out there," O'Brien said.
O'Brien did the interview at the NFL Owners meetings, which are underway at the Biltmore Hotel in Arizona.
The head coach stressed that the outside linebacker's been diligent in his rehab process.
"He's in there every day," O'Brien said. "He's putting in a lot of time in our training room with our trainers and our doctors."
Clowney finished with three tackles for loss and seven total in the quartet of games.
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