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Texans' Jadeveon Clowney: 'I know I can dominate this league'

HOUSTON -- Jadeveon Clowney has heard all the talk about his injury history and whether he'll ever be productive for the Houston Texans.

"I know what I can do," Clowney said. "It's funny just hearing other people talk, but I just think I'm going to come back and dominate the league next year."

That's exactly what the Texans wanted when they drafted Clowney No. 1 overall in 2014, but he's had bad luck with injuries since then. During the offseason before his rookie year, Clowney had sports hernia surgery in June and then suffered a concussion during training camp. He suffered a lateral meniscus tear in the Texans' 2014 season opener and had two surgeries to repair it, the second a serious microfracture surgery in December 2014.

After a grueling rehab, Clowney was ready for the start of this season. He was mostly healthy in 2015, missing three games due to injuries that weren't to his knees.

"I think it will be real better. I'm just going to work on my craft a lot," Clowney said. "Work on things I need to work on, and I think next year going to be a big, big season for me. Because I know I can dominate this league.

"I was very happy. Just to go through a whole season with no problems with my knee was a plus for me after hearing about the injury. I think it was a very big plus for me and [this] offseason I just need to work. Keep doing what I been doing and just work hard and come back and dominate the league."

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Clowney was dealing with a mid-foot sprain that kept him out of Saturday's AFC wild-card playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I think that the best thing that he can do is get the foot ready to go where he can move, which hopefully that will be soon, and go and have a great offseason," O'Brien said. "Come back here in great shape, come back here strong, ready to go, knowledge of the system. I think the best thing he can do for himself is have a great offseason."