Jadeveon Clowney of Houston Texans undergoes knee surgery

Written By kolimtiga on Selasa, 09 September 2014 | 12.56

Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick of the Houston Texans, will be out four to six weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday.

Coach Bill O'Brien said he didn't know exactly what was repaired in Clowney's knee when he was asked if it was a torn meniscus.

"I'm not a doctor so I don't know," O'Brien said. "It's just something they went in there and tried to fix it. It seems like it went well."

Clowney, who had one tackle for a loss, was injured late in the second quarter in Sunday's win over the Washington Redskins. He was hurt when he jumped up to try and bat down a pass. He put his hand to his right knee and began limping after he landed.

Some have speculated that his foot slipped between one of the 8-by-8-foot palettes of real grass that make up Houston's field. If that was the case, O'Brien said he didn't know about it.

""From looking at all the angles on film, he just came down awkwardly," O'Brien said. Most of those types of injuries are non-contact."

Clowney will be replaced by Whitney Mercilus, the 26th pick in the 2012 draft, who started each game last season and had 47 tackles and seven sacks. O'Brien was impressed with his play after he took over on Sunday after Clowney was injured.

The Texans travel to face the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Colts' Mathis injures Achilles' tendon

Less than two weeks after Robert Mathis started a four-game, league-imposed suspension, the Colts' best pass rusher sustained an Achilles' tendon injury while working out privately in Atlanta.

A person with knowledge of the injury told the Associated Press on Monday that Mathis tore the tendon, which would keep him out the entire season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not confirmed the diagnosis.

A few hours later, Coach Chuck Pagano said he would not speculate on the severity of the injury or how much time Mathis could miss — until team doctors examine Mathis on Tuesday.

"We knew we were going to be without Robert for the first four games, but this is really a devastating blow for Robert and his family and this organization," Pagano said. "This one stings."

In May, NFL officials announced Mathis would be suspended for the first four regular-season games after violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy.

Mathis claimed he was taking a fertility drug, Clomid, so he and his wife could have another child. But the drug is on the league's banned list because it can be used as a masking agent for PEDs.

Mathis last year set a single-season franchise record with 191/2 sacks and won his first NFL sacks crown.

QB Newton to start

Cam Newton will be back under center for the Carolina Panthers' home opener Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Coach Ron Rivera made the announcement Monday after the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback was held out of Carolina's 20-14 win Sunday at Tampa Bay while recovering from fractured ribs.

Newton is scheduled to return to practice Wednesday after his streak of 48 consecutive starts was snapped.

That means it's won and done for Panthers backup quarterback Derek Anderson.

Anderson, a 10-year NFL veteran, stepped in and threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-14 victory, giving Carolina its first win in a season opener since 2008.

Rivera now knows he has a reliable backup he can count on to win a big game. Anderson looked sharp all day, completing 24 of 34 passes with no interceptions.


Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson and starting defensive tackle Mike DeVito will miss the remainder of the Kansas City Chiefs' season after MRI exams confirmed that both players ruptured their right Achilles' tendons in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans. ...Tennessee linebacker Zach Brown has a torn pectoral muscle, and Coach Ken Whisenhunt says it's potentially a season-ending injury. The coach says the Titans will know more Tuesday. Brown started and was hurt early in the Titans' 26-10 win at Kansas City. ... Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield (high right ankle sprain) and tight end Jordan Reed (strained left hamstring) could be sidelined for multiple weeks with injuries from the season opening-loss to the Texans. Coach Jay Gruden said he expects a definitive timetable once he gets MRI results. ... Running back LaMichael James has been released by the San Francisco 49ers. James had just two carries for no yards against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. ... The Chicago Bears have signed safety Ahmad Dixon off the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad and waived cornerback Demontre Hurst.

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