During the slog of an NFL season, every player picks up his share of bumps and bruises. While some of those injuries are severe, most are smaller issues that a professional athlete can fight through. It looks like Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will be in that exact situation tonight when he suits up for Monday Night Football.
Jadeveon Clowney can be dominant, but he’s battling a core-muscle injury. | Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images
While Clowney seems set to play through the pain, don’t mistake his availability for a clean bill of health. The defensive star’s core-muscle issue might have some long-term implications for the Seahawks.
Jadeveon Clowney’s road to Seattle
While Jadeveon Clowney currently plies his trade in Seattle, he got his start on the opposite coast. He played college at the University of South Carolina, spending three seasons with the Gamecocks. During his time in Columbia, he terrorized opposing offenses, recording 129 total tackles, and 24 sacks and generating a surprising amount of Heisman buzz for a defensive player.
After his junior season, Clowney declared for the NFL draft. The Houston Texans made him the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but the defensive end’s rookie year wouldn’t go according to plan; a knee injury meant he only appeared in four games that season.
After returning to full health, however, Clowney returned to form. With each passing season, he posted bigger and bigger numbers. The defensive end recorded 4.5 sacks in his second pro season; that jumped to 6 sacks the next season and 9.5 the year after that. But, off the field, things started to break down. The Texans franchised tagged Clowney as a linebacker rather than a defensive end, which tied him to a lower salary bracket. Clowney held out in dissatisfaction and was eventually traded to Seattle for peanuts.
Jadeveon Clowney’s current injury
While he got off to a slow start in Seattle, Jadeveon Clowney has emerged as one of the Seahawks’ most important defensive players. While the defensive end only has three sacks this season, he’s still beating his blocker and pressuring opposing quarterbacks at an impressive rate.
Clowney’s most dominant game in Seattle came in Week 10, when he terrorized the San Francisco 49ers. While he hit Jimmy Garoppolo five times, including one strip-sack, recovered a fumble and ran it back for Seattle’s opening touchdown, he also picked up a core muscle injury in …read more
Source:: Daily Times