Jadeveon Clowney said he expects to play on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings. He spoke with reporters on Friday about his ongoing treatment for what has been diagnosed as a core injury that is sports hernia-related.
His plan is to practice on Friday, at least in a limited capacity, and then move forward from there.
"I'm feeling better, getting ready to go today; see how it's going to go out here," Clowney said at his locker.
Clowney sustained the injury during the Seahawks win over the 49ers in Week 10. He didn't remember a specific play where it occurred, but he recalled that he could barely lift his right leg by the end of the game.
"I told (the team) we'll finish this game and then see what happens after I'm done," Clowney said.
Seattle's star pass rusher received treatment last Friday leading up to Week 11 before ultimately sitting out the Eagles game. He thought about getting the treatment during the team's Week 10 bye, but he didn't think it was that bad until it didn't heal over his weekend off.
Clowney and the Seahawks are well aware that this condition is more about maintenance than anything. He'll have to deal with it for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs.
"We know that," he said. "I've got to finish this thing strong."
The good news, relatively speaking, is that Clowney won't need surgery immediately. He should be able to push that off until the offseason.
"I'm not too worried about it," Clowney said optimistically. "I'm feeling better today. We'll worry about tomorrow when it gets here."
The adrenaline of gameday and a primetime audience should help get him get through Monday's contest against the Vikings.
"Monday night, when that adrenaline gets pumping, you know – me, game time, come through in the clutch; put on a great performance," Clowney said, smiling.
The last time we saw Clowney was also on a Monday night when he posted 11 pressures, five quarterback hits, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a touchdown against San Francisco.
"That's what I'm hoping for," Clowney said. "It's another big one."
Seattle is likely to manage Clowney's workload. It wouldn't be a surprise to see his usage dip moving forward compared to the 83% of snaps he played against the 49ers. Should that be the case, look to see Shaquem Griffin maintain a significant role in Seattle's defensive line rotation. Ziggy Ansah and Rasheem Green will also remain pivotal figures in the pass rush.