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Report: Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney planning to report to team after third preseason game

Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney will continue making it clear that he would rather not play on the franchise tag in 2019. With the regular season fast approaching, though, the Houston Texans pass-rusher apparently has a plan in place to end his holdout from training camp.

During a Monday appearance on Training Camp Live, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Clowney will report to the Texans following their third preseason game on August 24, with the expectation that he’ll be ready to play in the team’s season-opener against the New Orleans Saints on September 9.

“From what I understand, the tentative plan is to show up after the third preseason game — they play the Cowboys in late August,” Rapoport said, per NFL.com’s Kevin Patra. “That is my understanding of when Clowney is planning to show up. (He) wouldn’t play in the fourth preseason game. Would get a week to make sure he’s alright. And I am told he’s in great shape. And the Texans don’t have any worries there.”

Clowney hoped to sign a lucrative long-term extension with the Texans this offseason, but the team slapped him with the franchise tag in March. The sides had until July 15 to reach an agreement on a new contract, a deadline that came and went without pen being put to paper.

According to Rapoport, both Clowney and the Texans are resigned to the reality of him continuing his career elsewhere beyond this season, a dynamic that’s unlikely to affect either party’s performance in 2019.

The former No. 1 overall pick enjoyed perhaps the best season of his career in 2018, finishing with 47 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, nine sacks, 21 quarterback hits, and three fumble recoveries, earning a Pro Bowl nod for the third consecutive season.

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