FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney runs a drill during a joint practice between the Denver Broncos and the Texans in Englewood, Colo. Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney will have a second knee surgery, endi
Jack Dempsey, File
December 10, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans have placed top overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney on the injured reserve two days after he had microfracture surgery on his right knee.

The surgery was the second this season for the outside linebacker. He had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee after being injured in Week 1.

He played three games since the first procedure but continued to struggle with pain and swelling in his knee before deciding to have the second surgery.

The move ends a tough rookie year for the 21-year-old who had sports hernia surgery in the offseason and a concussion in training camp before injuring his knee in his first NFL game.

Houston signed linebacker Jason Ankrah from the practice squad to take his spot on the roster.

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