O'Brien sets possible date for Jadeveon Clowney's return

Jadeveon Clowney is closer to a return from injury. Now, a date's been attached.

"I would say the goal is to get him back on the field on August 17th and then go from there," head coach Bill O'Brien said after Sunday morning's practice.

The second-year outside linebacker had microfracture surgery early last December on his right knee. Initially, his return was estimated for September. 

 
But in February, and at various points throughout May and June, O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith said Clowney was progressing well, and maybe able to practice during training camp.

The first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Clowney played in just four games as a rookie. Through the first two days of training camp, he's practiced on a side field away from his teammates.

The Texans' first preseason game is Saturday, August 15 at home versus San Francisco. 

View photos from the first day of practice at #TexansCamp.

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