Jadeveon Clowney's lack of production in 2013 led to a lot of harsh criticism about his heart for the game and his work ethic. It turns out that might have been a touch of overreaction from those critics.
Clowney says he played last season with a sports hernia injury, the Houston Chronicle's John McClain reported. It was reported that Clowney recently had surgery for that injury, but it wasn't known that this year's No. 1 overall pick played through it last season at South Carolina.
I just spoke with Gil Brandt at rookie symposium. Clowney told him today he played with sports hernia last season at South Carolina.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) June 26, 2014
Agent Bus Cook said Clowney thought he had a groin injury and played thru it. Thought bout sitting out pro day cause of it but was terrific.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) June 26, 2014
That certainly puts a little different spin on why he had just three sacks last season, if that information is accurate. Perhaps it's impressive he had three sacks at all (and performed well at the combine and his pro day) with that injury.
The Texans hope Clowney is back for the start of training camp, although McClain reported that Clowney isn't 100 percent sure. Even if he misses the start of camp, it'll be pretty hard to criticize his toughness anymore after this revelation.
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