Pro Bowl defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is heading into his first year with the Cleveland Browns after signing a one-year deal this past April. Unfortunately, it’s possible he may not be ready for Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
According to Browns insider Mary Kay Cabot, Clowney is not practicing with the Browns today. He is reportedly dealing with an “unspecified illness.”
Fortunately, the illness isn’t related to COVID-19. He’s tested negative and should be available this coming weekend.
Clowney is hoping for a bounce-back year with the Browns after last year’s disappointing season with the Tennessee Titans. He started in eight games but was held to 19 tackles and no sacks for the second time in his career.
#Browns Jadeveon Clowney will not practice today with an unspecified illness; G Michael Dunn is idle with his back injury
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 8, 2021
Passing defense was the Cleveland Browns’ biggest weakness in 2020. Despite going 11-5, making the playoffs and getting their first postseason win since the mid-90s, they finished in the bottom half of the league in passing defense.
Expectations are that the Cleveland Browns will return to the playoffs this year. Some even have them as a sleeper to make the Super Bowl.
If Jadeveon Clowney can overcome his recent slump and become a Pro Bowl-caliber pass rusher once again, the Browns could meet those expectations.
Will Clowney be an impact player for the Browns in 2021? Or will his struggles over the past couple of years follow him to Cleveland?
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