Texans teammate says Clowney told him he stepped in hole in field

Monday September 8th, 2014

Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger says Jadeveon Clowney told him he stepped on one of "the holes" in the field when he injured his leg, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.

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Clowney has a torn meniscus, according to multiple reports, and may miss four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery. 

NRG Stadium, the Texans' home field, employs two different playing surfaces. NFL games are played on grass, while all other events, including college football games, take place on artificial turf. LSU and Wisconsin played at the stadium on Aug. 30.

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Because the stadium has a retractable roof, the grass is laid down in eight-foot square "trays" so it may be removed and exposed to sunlight. In 2011, former Texans punter Brett Hartmann sued the owners of the stadium after he caught his foot in a seam between the trays, tearing his ACL and fracturing his fibula.

Hartmann's suit also points out that Wes Welker suffered a serious knee injury while playing on the field with the Patriots.

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