Jadeveon Clowney returning to full strength

Jadeveon Clowney, Joe Thomas
FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2014, file photo, Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) rushes against Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas in the third quarter of an NFL football game in Cleveland. Clowney was reminded this week that he injured his right knee in his NFL debut a year ago. He had arthroscopic knee surgery after that first game and returned to play three other games. But he never felt right and eventually had season-ending microfracture surgery on the same knee. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

HOUSTON, TX – Houston Texans’ outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is starting resemble the player the franchise chose with number-one overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

In the Texans first victory of the season, Clowney mauled Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ lineman Ali Marpet and tackled running back Doug Martin in the backfield for a loss.

It’s the kind of play South Carolina Gamecock fans became so accustomed to seeing in Clowney’s three seasons with the program.

The Rock Hill native is still recovering from microfracture surgery that cost him the last 12 games of his rookie season. Texans’ fans have only seen glimpses of the once-dominant sack master and Clowney isn’t concerned with rushing his recovery. He told the media on Wednesday that he’s found a new appreciation for the game after experiencing an injury that almost costed him his career.

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