Jadeveon Clowney expected to play in Week 6 despite ankle injury

HOUSTON -- Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney made an eye-popping tackle on Colts running back Frank Gore early in Thursday night's game.

For much of the rest of it, he was hindered by a sprained ankle, which limited Clowney to only 52 percent of the Texans' defenisve snaps. On Friday in the locker room, Clowney was seen wearing a walking boot.

It's no cause for alarm though.

"I just saw him just now before I walked in here, and he seemed to be doing well," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think you guys probably saw he had a boot on, but that’s just precautionary. He likes to go play pick-up hoop and things like that. Going to try to avoid doing that this weekend."

Elsewhere on the injury front, the Texans offense could get back receiver Cecil Shorts, who dislocated his shoulder against the Atlanta Falcons. O'Brien said Shorts has a better chance than receiver Nate Washington to return for the Texans' Week 6 contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Washington suffered a hamstring injury in the first half against the Falcons.

Two other players O'Brien labeled day-to-day were running back Alfred Blue and guard Oday Aboushi, who has turf toe.

The good news for the Texans is that their next game isn't for nine more days. So while they didn't have much time to recover before Thursday's game, they'll get some time to rest, starting with this weekend.