Joseph: Surgery gives Clowney 'fresh mind'

Joseph: Surgery gives Clowney 'fresh mind'
June 27, 2014, 12:30 pm
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(Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Johnathan Joseph knows a lot about Jadeveon Clowney and maybe even more about playing with a sports hernia.

The Texans cornerback, who said he will be ready for the first day of training camp, is from the same hometown (Rock Hill, South Carolina) as Clowney and has known him for years. Joseph also underwent two sports hernia surgeries two offseasons ago.

Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia performed both Joseph’s and Clowney’s surgeries. Because of all of their connections, Clowney contacted Joseph as soon as he got the news he would be going under the knife.

“I think I was probably the first person he called from up there,” Joseph said. “I advised him it was the right thing to do, obviously.”

Joseph called Meyers the best around in terms of sports hernias and compared him to Dr. James Andrews because both are considered a master in their specialty area.

The two-time Pro Bowler Joseph said he played for over a season and a half with his sports hernia and always thought of it as just a nagging pain that would come and go with the amount of rest he had between activities. Now that Clowney has had his surgery, Joseph believes it will give the No. 1 overall pick some peace of mind.

“I think for him, it’s one of those things he can get behind him and move forward from,” Joseph said. “With (that) being his mindset, I think he came out and said he played with it in college and things like that. I think it kind of clears his head and gives him the opportunity to go out there and play with a fresh mind.”

When Clowney will step back on the field is up in the air. Clowney, while speaking on the final day of mandatory minicamp, said he hadn’t been told if he’ll be ready for training camp.

Joseph knows the recovery well and isn’t worried about Clowney's path back to the field.

“It’s a pretty simple recovery stage to be honest with you,” Joseph said. “You need more time than anything and exercises to strengthen those muscles back up. With those surgeries, within a week you’re back up running around. Two days out, I remember me walking a mile on the treadmill.  It’s one of those things where you have to get your body back used to cutting and planting and driving and things like that.”