HOUSTON — Jadeveon Clowney says he’s ready to make his NFL debut for the Houston Texans after recovering from a concussion.
The top overall draft pick left a practice Aug. 20 after a helmet-to-helmet hit with Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme. He missed the Texans’ final two preseason games, but says he passed the NFL protocols for head injuries in just over a week and will play Sunday against Washington.
“I’m feeling pretty good. I’m ready for the game this week,” Clowney said.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien was cautious as Clowney went through the mandated protocols. He said Clowney scored well on baseline testing and was able to lift weights and do conditioning drills before he returned to practice.
“Any time a guy has a concussion, it’s obviously concerning,” O’Brien said. “I feel like he’s come back and he feels good this week.”
Clowney said he’s had a concussion before and wouldn’t say which one affected him more.
Suspended Gordon to join car dealership: Josh Gordon wants to get you in a two-door convertible today.
A person familiar with his plans said the Browns’ suspended Pro Bowl wide receiver will work for a car dealership while serving his NFL punishment.
Gordon was suspended for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy last week, a banishment that will deprive the Browns of their top playmaker this season. In the interim, he intends to work for the dealership, said the person who spoke Thursday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
Last week, arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the league’s ruling to suspend Gordon, who led the league with 1,646 yards receiving last season despite being suspended for two games.
While he’s out, Gordon is not permitted to practice or attend meetings. The league said his eligibility for reinstatement will be determined after the season.
Tests confirm Jim Kelly is cancer-free: Follow up tests have revealed that Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly shows no sign of having sinus cancer three months after completing radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
Kelly was informed of the test results by his doctor, Peter Costantino, who heads New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital’s head and neck institute. The update was provided in a news release issued by Kelly on Thursday, less than a week after he had biopsies performed at the hospital.
The results confirm an initial physical exam Kelly had two weeks ago.
Kelly called the update as “some of the greatest news I’ve ever gotten.”
AROUND THE LEAGUE
49ERS game is most expensive: The San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium is the most expensive venue to take a family of four for an NFL game.
Team Marketing Report released its Fan Cost Index on Thursday, indicating families will have to shell out an estimated $641.50 to attend a 49ers game in their new digs in Santa Clara, California.
The New Orleans Saints are 11th on the list at $507.49 for a family of four.
The New England Patriots remain the most expensive ticket at $122, the highest average for a non-premium ticket.They’re followed by the 49ers at $117.
The average NFL ticket is $84.43, a 3.5 percent increase from last season.
Eight teams have average non-premium tickets more than $100.
The New York Giants ($111.69), Dallas ($110.20), Chicago ($108.44), Jets ($105.66), Washington ($102) and Baltimore ($100.19) round out the field.
Cleveland still has the cheapest at $54.20, followed by Jacksonville ($57.65).