HOUSTON — Top overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney’s rehabilitation from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee is going well and he hopes to return for the Houston Texans in a few weeks.

Clowney spoke to reporters on Tuesday after an appearance at a local middle school. He says: “Hopefully I’ll be back sooner than everyone expects.”

The outside linebacker was injured in the season-opener on Sept. 7 and coach Bill O’Brien said at the time that he would miss 4-6 weeks.

This is the third injury for the former South Carolina standout since he was drafted in May. He had sports hernia surgery in the offseason and suffered a concussion during training camp.

FALCONS

Hawley, Holmes finished for season: In Flowery Branch, Ga., Atlanta announced Tuesday injuries have ended the seasons for center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes and will force safety William Moore to miss at least eight weeks.

Hawley (knee) and Holmes (foot) were placed on injured reserve. Moore (shoulder) was placed on injured return-designated to return. He can begin practicing in six weeks and will be eligible to return on Nov. 30 against the Cardinals.

The three starters were hurt in Sunday’s 41-28 loss at Minnesota.

REDSKINS

FCC will consider petition to ban nickname: In Washington, the head of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will consider a petition to ban the Washington Redskins nickname from the public airwaves.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says Tuesday that the commission “will be dealing with that issue on the merits, and we’ll be responding accordingly.”

A law professor has challenged the use of the name on broadcast television, saying it violates FCC rules against indecent content. Native American and other groups have demanded the name be changed, calling it a racial slur.

Wheeler did not offer a timetable for a ruling on the matter.

CHIEFS

Running back McKnight goes on injured reserve: In Kansas City, the Kansas City Chiefs have created space on their roster for the return of right tackle Donald Stephenson by placing running back Joe McKnight, a former John Curtis standout, on injured reserve.

McKnight became the third Chiefs player to tear his Achilles tendon when he was hurt in practice last week. He was coming off a two-touchdown game in a win in Miami.

Stephenson was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. That suspension ended with Monday night’s 41-14 victory over the New England Patriots.

DOLPHINS

James to join practice squad: In Davie, Fla., Running back and kick returner LaMichael James agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins to join their practice squad.

The deal Tuesday came after James was released Sept. 8 by the San Francisco 49ers, who took him in the second round of the 2012 draft.

The Dolphins have five other running backs under contract, including Knowshon Moreno, who has missed the past two games because of an elbow injury.

James was frustrated by his lack of playing time with the 49ers and has 41 career carries while averaging 4.5 yards per attempt. He was used mostly on returns, averaging 10.9 yards on punt returns and 28.4 on kickoffs.

James finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 2010 and 10th in 2011 at Oregon.