Clowney has sports hernia surgery

Clowney has sports hernia surgery
June 13, 2014, 12:30 pm
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Houston Texans first-round draft pick Jadeveon Clowney speaks during a press conference at Reliant Stadium.

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No. 1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney had sports hernia surgery on Thursday.

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said Clowney had some groin trouble so the team sent him to Philadelphia to see a specialist. O'Brien said Clowney should be ready for training camp in late July. Clowney was expected to return to Houston on Friday.

"We decided the best thing for J.D. and the best thing for our team and the best thing for the organization was to have sports hernia surgery," O'Brien said. "So he had that yesterday. He’ll be back this afternoon and he’ll be ready to go for training camp."

Clowney will, however, miss the team’s mandatory minicamp next week.

“I don’t think it was (bothering him) too long,” O’Brien said. “It wasn’t too long. We looked at it as let’s take care of it now and he’ll be ready to go for training camp.”

Clowney was the first overall pick out of South Carolina this spring. He signed his rookie contract, which included $22 million guaranteed, earlier this month. Clowney is making the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker in the NFL.