May 31, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney with San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde during the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jadeveon Clowney says he played with sports hernia during final season with South Carolina Gamecocks

An interesting bit of news came out from the NFL Rookie Symposium, which started this week, regarding a certain former South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back that was selected #1 in the 2014 NFL Draft. Straight from Houston Chronicle Houston Texans beat writer John McClain:

As far as his recovery from his surgery a few weeks ago:

Now, we already knew that Clowney had the sports hernia and that he had gone in for surgery. What we didn’t know was that he had played the 2013 season with it, along with the other various injuries he had been dealing with (bone spurs, ribs, etc.).

On one hand, it’s interesting that Clowney was even able to still compete the way he did with the injury, and it explains part of why his production decreased, but also makes his pro day performance that much more impressive. On the other hand, if he suffered it before (or during) the season and didn’t tell the Texans, he could find himself in some trouble for not disclosing it.

Time will tell if Clowney’s ready, but this is an about face from his previous comments about it not being an issue last season. More to come, we’re sure.

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