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Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney says he'll start preseason opener; O'Brien noncommittal

Top overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney says he'll start Saturday's preseason opener at Arizona after missing practice time this week with an undisclosed injury. Clowney's proclamation seemed to catch Texans coach Bill O'Brien by surprise.

Clowney returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out the last three workouts. Clowney had sports hernia surgery on June 12, missed the team's three-day minicamp and has been limited in training camp. He hurt himself late in last Saturday's workout.

Clowney wouldn't say what exactly kept him out this week, saying only that the team was "being very careful." The former standout defensive end at South Carolina is moving to outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's system and says he still has plenty to learn.

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