O'Brien, Texans keeping top pick on a "pitch count"

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HOUSTON – Houston Texans rookie defensive end Jadeveon Clowney had to leave practice early on Saturday because of an undisclosed injury.

Afterwards, head coach Bill O'Brien didn't appear to be concerned.

"I think we're just, we're trying to monitor him. I go with (Texans head trainer) Geoff Kaplan on that," O'Brien said. "We try to measure how many, you know, count how many reps he has at practice and kind of keep him on a pitch count there."

"He wants to be in every drill. We'll just continue to do that."

During Saturday's practice, Clowney blocked a Shane Lechler punt which drew a large cheer from the crowd that had gathered for the team's open work-out.

He went through approximately two hours of practice showing the speed and physical play that made him the number one overall pick in May. Towards the end of the work-out, Clowney went over to the trainer's table to get checked up.

The trainers wrapped a bag of ice around his right leg and Clowney was taken off the field on a cart.

"We're just trying to manage him. He's coming off surgery and we're just trying to manage him. He's out there and wants to go every rep," O'Brien said. "I'm sure just like all of the guys, after seven practices I'm sure he's a little sore and we'll just continue to manage him."

Clowney underwent sports hernia surgery back in June and missed some of the team's off-season work-outs.

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