Nov 23, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) in action against Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) at NRG Stadium. The Bengals beat the Texans 22-19. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Jadeveon Clowney is perhaps one of the most notable players on the entire Houston Texans roster, solely based on the fact that his team selected him with the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. While some have already called Clowney a bust (he’s not a bust yet–give him time), his inability to stay on the football field has concerned many.
Clowney will miss Monday night’s matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals due to a back injury, leaving John Simon as the likely fill-in starter at outside linebacker. The Texans will also be missing cornerback Kareem Jackson, who suffered an ankle injury in Week 6 and has yet to fully recover.
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On the other side, right tackleAndre Smith
will miss Monday night’s action for the Bengals.
will likely start in his place, although
Notable Bengals marked as probable include Rey Maualuga, Vontaze Burfict and Kevin Zeitler. These four players are actually the only players on the Bengals roster who are dealing with any kind of injury; the Bengals have been extremely healthy this season.
Luckily for fantasy football enthusiasts, no players on either team are indicated as doubtful or questionable; it’s pretty clear who is going to take the field on each side of the ball.
At the end of the day, Clowney’s absence from this game may have a limited impact on the Texans’ ability to win the game; however, the bigger issue is his inability to stay healthy. The Texans need to find a way to get their outside linebacker to stay in shape and keep him motivated; he is an extremely talented player who needs to be on the field more.