Clowney returns to practice for Texans

Houston, TX ( – Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney
returned to practice on Friday for the first time since a knee injury knocked
him out of his first NFL game.

The No. 1 draft pick is still just feeling his way back after having surgery
to repair a torn left meniscus last month.

“I’m taking it one day at a time right now with treatment and rehab and just
trying to get back,” Clowney said.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Clowney will be a game-time decision for
Monday’s game in Pittsburgh.

Clowney said the team will follow his lead in determining when he’s OK to

“Right now, it’s up to me and what I can do,” he said. “I’m out there testing
the leg out to see what I can do and what I can’t do. If I can do it, I’ll do
it, but if I can’t, I just let the coaches know that it’s bothering me and
they’ll take me out of that drill.

“It’s really up to me what I can do and can’t do.”

Clowney made one tackle against Washington before walking into the locker room
under his own power near the end of the half in Week 1.

The former South Carolina star had offseason sports hernia surgery and also
suffered a concussion during a joint scrimmage against the Denver Broncos
during training camp.