The Texans can remove Clowney from the PUP list at any point, as soon as he is healthy enough to participate in practice. If he remains on the PUP list at the start of the regular season, Clowney would be forced to miss at least six games.
Clowney underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee in December and the Texans initially said he would be out for nine months.
Many athletes have had the surgery. Some, such as New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston—who underwent two microfracture procedures—and San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush, have resumed successful careers. Others, such as former NBA player Greg Oden, were unable to return to their pre-injury form.
Head coach Bill O’Brien said last month that he thought Clowney would be ready to play in the first game of the season.
Clowney, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft, had seven tackles and no sacks in four games last season.
- Dan Gartland