Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said "it looks good" for linebackers Jadeveon Clowney and Brian Cushing to return for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, according to the Associated Press.
Clowney and Cushing both practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.
Clowney has played in just two games this season. He missed six games with a torn meniscus and returned for the Texans' Oct. 26 game against the Tennessee Titans but then missed Houston's Nov. 2 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles due to an illness. O'Brien denied reports that the coaching staff and team officials were growing frustrated with Clowney.
The Texans selected Clowney with the No. 1 pick in this year's draft out of South Carolina.
Cushing started the first seven games this season following offseason knee surgery but has missed the last two games because of an issue in the same knee. Cushing, who has suffered multiple knee injuries over his career, has appeared in just 19 games over the past three seasons after starting 44 over his first three seasons in the league. In seven games this season, the 27-year-old has recorded 30 tackles.
"Overall whoever the linebackers (are) that have been in there have played pretty well," O'Brien said. "I think those guys have done a good job, but anytime you can add two more quality players to the group, you're expecting that group to play well."
Houston is 4-5 this season and in second place in the AFC South.
- Chris Johnson