Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney has sports hernia surgery _lowres

Houston Texans line backer Jadeveon Clowney runs a drill June 9 in Houston.

HOUSTON — Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft by the Houston Texans, is recovering from sports hernia surgery.

Coach Bill O’Brien disclosed the procedure Friday, saying Clowney had been struggling with a groin issue. He said the standout from South Carolina was sent to a specialist in Philadelphia and it was determined that surgery was the best option.

The surgery was performed Thursday. O’Brien said he expects Clowney to be ready for training camp, which begins in late July.

Chiefs

FLOWERS RELEASED AFTER VOLUNTARY WORKOUTS: In Kansas City, Mo., the Chiefs released cornerback Brandon Flowers on Friday, shortly after finishing up three weeks of voluntary workouts in which the former starter was conspicuously absent.

Kansas City has been bumping up against the salary cap, so the move to part ways with Flowers was largely expected. He was due to make $5.25 million this season, and the former starter carried a salary cap number of $10.5 million next season.

The decision to release Flowers will save the Chiefs about $7.25 million this season and $7.5 million next season. That money could be used to help the Chiefs sign quarterback Alex Smith and linebacker Justin Houston to contract extensions.

Both of them are in the final year of their contracts.

Giants

BEASON BREAKS BONE IN RIGHT FOOT IN OTAs: In East Rutherford, N.J., New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason has broken a bone in his right foot and is expected to miss most of training camp.

The team announced Friday that he also tore a ligament during Thursday’s offseason training activity workout.

Beason went down defending a pass play. He walked off the field, but was later carted off for evaluation. He had X-rays, an MRI and a CT scan to determine the extent of the injury.

His status for the season opener Sept. 8 against Detroit remains in question.

Beason said in a statement released by the team that he hopes to be back for the opener.

“It’s not season-ending, so I’m happy about that,” said Beason, who had at least eight tackles in eight games last season after arriving in a trade with the Carolina Panthers.

He’ll be evaluated by a specialist in Charlotte on Monday before starting a rehabilitation program.

He’s had his share of injuries during his career, including a ruptured Achilles tendon and microfracture reconstructive knee surgery.

The Giants signed him to a three-year, $16.8 million contract in the offseason. He made 93 tackles and had 12 interceptions in 12 games for the Giants.

Lions

CORNERBACK HOUSTON CUT: In Detroit, Detroit cut cornerback Chris Houston with four years left on his contract.

The Lions said Friday that a “significant medical procedure” led to Houston’s release.

Houston was limited to 12 games last season because of toe and foot injuries. The ailments appeared to hurt his play when he was on the field. Houston had not attended offseason workouts so far this year under new coach Jim Caldwell.

Detroit acquired Houston from Atlanta for a fifth-round pick in 2010. The Lions re-signed him twice, including last year to a five-year deal. Houston had a career-high five interceptions in 2011, helping the Lions reach the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. Houston had two interceptions in each of the last two years and has 13 in his career.

Colts

LYNCH PLACED ON INJURED RESERVE: In Indianapolis, the Colts put safety Corey Lynch on injured reserve Friday with an undisclosed injury.

Lynch played in five regular season games and both playoff games last season, primarily on special teams, after signing with Indianapolis on Nov. 27. He had six special teams tackles for the Colts. He made two tackles on defense and three more on special teams in the postseason.

He also played three games with Tennessee before being released Nov. 22.

The move comes just two days after Indy put defensive lineman Fili Moala on season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury.

The Colts will hold a three-day mandatory mini-camp next week.