By David F. Cohen
Speaking to the media in Houston on Friday, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said that the chances of linebacker Jadeveon Clowney playing this weekend vs. the Eagles weren’t “looking good.”
While Clowney is battling back from a knee injury that has cost him all but two games of his rookie season, it appears he might miss this weekend’s game due to an illness, as opposed to a setback with his initial injury.
Clowney is considered a game time decision for Sunday.
News of Clowney potentially being out this weekend has to be music to the ears of Eagles’ coaches, who were going to have their hands full trying to guard both Clowney and defensive end J.J. Watt.
Although Clowney has played in just two games this season, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft showed the potential during both preseason and his limited regular season action to warrant attention from Eagles’ coaches if he did play.
The Eagles’ good luck they might have stumbled upon this weekend is nothing new, as last season they played the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers the week after quarterback Tony Romo, running back Adrian Peterson, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with injury.
Here is the status of the Birds’ walking wounded:
|10/31/14||WR||Brad Smith||Groin||“?” Sunday vs. Houston|
|10/31/14||CB||Brandon Boykin||Hamstring||probable Sunday vs. Houston|
|10/31/14||TE||Brent Celek||Back||probable Sunday vs. Houston|
|10/30/14||RB||Darren Sproles (photo above)||Knee||probable Sunday vs. Houston|
|10/30/14||C||Jason Kelce||Hernia||probable Sunday vs. Houston|
|10/30/14||G||Todd Herremans||Bicep||probable Sunday vs. Houston|
|10/27/14||S||Nate Allen||Hamstring||“?” Sunday vs. Houston|
|09/10/14||G||Evan Mathis||Knee||IR- designated return|