Jadeveon Clowney, the number one pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, was officially placed on the injured reserve list today. Hit the jump for details.


After meeting with renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews on Wednesday, it was determined that Clowney needs a second surgery on his right knee, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Thursday. The Texans will place Clowney on season-ending injured reserve.

O’Brien declined to say what kind of surgery Clowney was having or who will perform it.

“Evidently that’s what needs to be done to try to get him healthy,” defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said. “That’s what we need to do to hope that he can get healthy, because when he’s healthy we know what he’s capable of.”

The outside linebacker had sports hernia surgery in June, shortly after signing his rookie contract. In August, Clowney suffered a concussion during a practice with the Denver Broncos. He was ready for the beginning of the season but tore the meniscus in his right knee in the first half of the Texans’ opener. He had arthroscopic knee surgery the next day.

After missing six games, Clowney, 21, tried to return, but his knee never quite felt right.

“A lot of pain right now, just been bothering me off and on the whole season,” Clowney said on Thanksgiving. “Something I’ve got to push through, but when the swelling comes up, it’s a little setback.”

Clowney played four games in his rookie season, amassing a season-high 49 snaps two weeks ago against the Cincinnati Bengals. After the game, he experienced a great deal of swelling in his knee.

The Texans drafted Clowney first overall out of South Carolina, making him the team’s third first overall pick. They selected quarterback David Carr first overall in 2002 and pass-rusher Mario Williams first overall in 2006.

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