Last night, reports mentioned that Clowney underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss nine months, so this news is by no means surprising.
- John McClain of the Houston Chronicle mentions that Clowney’s microfracture surgery means he might not be ready for start of season.
- According to McClain, Clowney’s original surgery included cartilage damage as well as the lateral meniscus, but the Texans knew microfracture surgery was possibility.
- Dr. James Andrews reportedly agreed that Clowney needed the microfracture surgery.
- Rapoport reports that Clowney’s knee never really healed, although he tried to play through it just like he did at South Carolina.
Clowney was expected to undergo knee surgery after the team announced that they were placing him on season-ending injured reserve last week.
This is Clowney’s second operation on his right knee since the season got underway in September. During Clowney’s first NFL game, he sustained a meniscus tear that ultimately cost him the first seven weeks of the season.
Clowney recorded just seven tackles and no sacks over the course of four games. Pro Football Focus has Clowney down for playing 132 snaps this season to go along with a below-average rating of -2.2.