Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft, left Saturday morning's practice early, but head coach Bill O'Brien said he is only trying to manage the 21-year-old, who is coming off sports hernia surgery in June.
"He’s out there and wants to go every rep," O'Brien said. "Just like all of the guys, after seven practices, I’m sure he’s a little sore and we’ll just continue to manage him.”
Clowney appeared to be shaken up after a play toward the end of practice, the team's official website reports, but he walked off the field on his own power.
"We try to measure how many reps he has at practice and keep him on a pitch count there. He wants to be in every drill. We’ll just continue to do that," O'Brien said.
Before leaving practice, Clowney reportedly blocked a punt. He was seen icing his lower body after the workout.
- Chris Mascaro