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Texans' Clowney Undergoes Microfracture Surgery

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- The enormous hype that surrounded the top pick in 2014's NFL draft has fallen flat. Texan's defensive end Jadeveon Clowney underwent microfracture knee surgery Monday, according to a statement from the Houston Texans.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the recovery time for Clowney will be around nine months.  His return will likely be after the 2015 pre-season. 

It is possible he could start the season on the team's physically unable to perform list.

"We expect a full recovery," Texans general manager Rick Smith told's Tania Ganguli.

Clowney entered the league with enormous attention and promise for his ability to rush the passer. Since being drafted, his season has been injury-plagued. He suffered a concussion in an August practice with Denver. He then suffered a lateral meniscus tear in the season opener against the Washington Redskins.

"This guy's a football player. He wants to play football, he wants to be good. He was disappointed," Head Coach Bill O'Brien said via Twitter.

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Clowney's Season Is Over

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney's season is over.

Clowney, who was the first pick in this year's NFL Draft, was placed on season-ending injured reserve Thursday after it was determined he needed surgery on his right knee.

It's been a tough year for Clowney when it comes to injuries. In June he had surgery for a sports hernia. He then suffered a concussion which forced him to miss two preseason games, and in Week 1 he tore his meniscus in his right knee, which required surgery.

"He wants to play football. He wants to be good so I think he was disappointed right off the bat," Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said. "But I think he understands what he has to do and why this is necessary and he knows that he has to rehab hard and get back out there."

The 21-year-old Clowney played in four games for the Texans this season, recording seven tackles.

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Texans' Rookie Jadeveon Clowney to Miss Game Against Titans on Sunday

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Number one overall pick Jadeveon Clowney's frustrating rookie season has taken another turn for the worst as the defensive end/linebacker will miss this Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans after suffering a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.

Clowney has played in just four games this season as he's deal with a variety of injuries to stat his NFL career.

"Part of it is just being unlucky," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's had a year here that's been tough for him as far as injuries go. He had the hernia at the beginning of the year, he had the concussion [during the preseason], he's got the knee he's dealing with for all of the year. He's played some; sometimes he hasn't been able to play. I think we've got to continue to manage it and communicate with him as to how he feels and just stay on that road right now."

After a dominant, but sometimes controversial tenure at South Carolina, Clowney has just seven tackles and no sacks so far this season.

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Clowney Back on the Practice Field

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney practiced Friday for the first time since having arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus during the second week of September.

Clowney, who was the first pick of this year's draft, practiced with a brace on his right knee. Despite practicing, Clowney will be a game-time decision according to Texans head coach Bill O'Brien.

"He didn't take a ton of reps today, but the ones that he did he seemed to be moving around well," O'Brien said.

The 21-year-old was injured during the first half of the Texans season opener versus Washington while trying to bat down a pass. Clowney jumped to hit the ball and landed funny.

Whitney Mercilus has been playing in place of Clowney. In six games this season, Mercilus has 19 tackles.

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Texans' Jadeveon Clowney out 4-6 Weeks with Torn Meniscus

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Houston Texans linebacker and number-one overall pick Jadeveon Clowney had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday and will miss the next 4-6 weeks.

Clowney suffered a torn meniscus late in the second quarter of the team's season-opening win against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

"He's been good," Texans' head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's a great kid. He's a resilient kid. He's been a good teammate since the day he walked in the door here. He was disappointed, obviously....We've got great doctors here and he'll be back."

After a dominating career at South Carolina, where he missed just two games in three seasons, Clowney was tabbed as one of the best defensive prospects to come into the NFL in recent years.

Whitney Marcilus will take Clowney's spot in the starting lineup in the Texans' defense.

"It's football," O'Brien said. "That's just the nature of the game. It's not a matter of frustration....Every team in the league is dealing with injuries. The next guy steps up. That's why you try to put together the most competitive roster you can."

The 21-year-old Clowney recorded one tackle during his NFL regular-season debut.

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Jadeveon Clowney Prepares for Robert Griffin III

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Texans rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is good to go on Sunday and is looking forward to playing in his first NFL regular season game against the Washington Redskins.

Clowney will have a tough task at hand in running down quarterback Robert Griffin III.

"One of the best running quarterbacks in the league I think," Clowney said of RG3. "You gotta be ready to contain him in the pocket because he can get out there and cause havoc, he can run pretty fast."

"I'm just treating it like another game," the first-overall pick said Thursday. "Just go out there and take one play at a time and just do my assignment."

Clowney said his entire family will be in attendance, but he isn't worried about any added pressure during his regular season debut.

"I'm not really nervous, I'm just ready to get to it," Clowney said.  "Something I've been waiting for my whole life."

Clowney missed the final two preseason games, but had three tackles for a loss, a sack and a quarterback hit in the first two games against the Cardinals and Falcons.

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Texans Sign Top-Pick Clowney

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Texans signed the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft Jadeveon Clowney, the team announced Friday.

The Houston Chronicle reports the deal is for four years, includes a fifth-year option, and is fully guarenteed. The Chronicle also reports the contract is worth $22.272 million and comes with a signing bonus worth $14.518 million.

The 6-foot-5, 266 pound Clowney played three seasons at South Carolina where he recorded 24 sacks including a school record 13 in 2012. The two-time first-team All-Southeastern conference selection finished his college career with 130 tackles, 24 sacks, 47 tackles for a loss and nine forced fumbles.

Clowney, who played defensive end in college, is transitioning to outside linebacker in Houston's 3-4 system.

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Texans WR Andre Johnson Not at OTAs

Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Texans opened up OTAs on Tuesday, but their Pro-Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson was nowhere to be found.

Johnson said two weeks ago that he did not plan on going to the team workouts this week and stayed true to his word.

"[Johnson] and I have had positive conversations," Texans first-year head coach Bill O'Brien said on Tuesday. "I have a ton of respect for him; we'd love to have him here right now."

"That's up to him. We're moving forward with the players that are here," O'Brien continued.

During his 11 years in Houston, Johnson has only made the playoffs twice and said that he doesn't think the Texans are building a contender.

OTAs are voluntary under the league's collective bargaining agreement.

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Texans Take Clowney with First Pick in NFL Draft

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Texans selected defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick of the NFL Draft Thursday.

While there seemed little doubt to most prognosticators that Clowney would go first, there was at least one person that wasn't sure of that; Clowney.

"I'm feeling overwhelmed," said Clowney, who only found out Houston had selected him three minutes before the team's clock hit zero. "I'm feeling great right now. It's just a blessing, man. I appreciate it. I'm just glad to be a part of the Houston Texans."

Clowney becomes the first defensive player to be selected with the first pick since 2006, when the Texans selected defensive end Mario Williams.

The 6-foot-5, 266-pound Clowney played three seasons for South Carolina. During that time he recorded 24 sacks, the third most in school history.

Rounding out the top five Thursday were offensive tackle Greg Robinson (Rams), quarterback Blake Bortles (Jaguars), receiver Sammy Watkins (Bills) and linebacker Khalil Mack (Raiders).

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2014 NFL Draft First Round Selections

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Draft Round 1:

1. Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

2. St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

4. Buffalo Bills traded with Browns - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

5. Oakland Raiders - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

6. Atlanta Falcons - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

8. Browns traded with Vikings - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

9. Minnesota Vikings - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

10. Detroit Lions - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

11. Tennessee Titans - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

12. New York Giants - Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

13. St. Louis Rams - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

14. Chicago Bears - Kyle Fuller, DB, Virginia Tech

15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

16. Dallas Cowboys - Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

17. Baltimore Ravens - C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

18. New York Jets - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

19. Miami Dolphins - Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee

20. New Orleans Saints traded with Cardinals - Brandon Cooks, WR, Oregon State

21. Green Bay Packers - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

22. Cleveland Browns traded with Eagles - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

23. Kansas City Chiefs - Dee Ford, DE, Auburn

24. Cincinnati Bengals - Darqueze Denard, CB, Michigan State

25. San Diego Chargers - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

26. Philadelphia Eagles - Marcus Smith, LB, Louisville

27. Arizona Cardinals - Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

28. Carolina Panthers - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

29. New England Patriots - Dominique Easley, DE, Florida

30. San Francisco 49ers - Jimmie Ward, DB, North Illinois

31. Denver Broncos - Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

32. Minnesota Vikings traded with Seahawks - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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