Clowney tore the meniscus in his right knee Sept. 7 during a Week 1 game against the Washington Redskins and was originally supposed to be miss four-to-six weeks.
“It's very exciting,” Clowney said, according to the Associated Press. “I miss playing football. I miss being out there with my teammates practicing and everything. So I'm just ready to get back.”
Clowney, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, said he hasn’t had any problems after starting to run again but is anxious to return to the field.
“It's very hard,” he said. “I keep telling guys: `I think I'm ready. I think I'm ready.' And they be like: `Man, you just got injured.' "
His teammate, safety D.J. Swearinger, said Clowney told him he stepped on one of the holes in the field when he injured his leg. Clowney insisted he wasn’t injured because of the turf at Houston’s NRG Stadium.
Since being drafted in May, Clowney has also suffered a sports hernia and a concussion during training camp. The Texans (3-1) face the Dallas Cowboys (3-1) and division rival Indianapolis (2-2) in the next two weeks.
- Scooby Axson