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Bill O'Brien: Jadeveon Clowney has 'good shot to play'

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He wasn't healthy enough to suit up for Monday night's debacle against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Houston Texans rookie pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney "has a good shot to play on Sunday," according to his coach.

Bill O'Brien said the top overall pick in May's draft "did what he had to do this week" in practice, but any work he sees against the Tennessee Titans will come on a pitch count, per the team's official website.

Clowney underwent surgery last month after suffering a torn meniscus in Houston's opening week win. He hasn't played since and his lateral movement before the Pittsburgh game "just wasn't where his coaches would like," NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported Monday.

Clowney's status sounds promising for Sunday, which doesn't bode well for Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger, set to make his first NFL start and already wrestling with frenzied night terrors starring J.J. Watt.

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