NFL notebook: Texans' Clowney has sports hernia surgery

| Friday, June 13, 2014, 7:48 p.m.

Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft by the Houston Texans, is recovering from sports hernia surgery.

Coach Bill O'Brien disclosed the procedure Friday and said Clowney had been struggling with a groin issue. O'Brien said the standout from South Carolina was sent to a specialist in Philadelphia.

“We decided the best thing for (Clowney) and the best thing for our team and the best thing for the organization was to have sports hernia surgery,” O'Brien said.

The surgery was performed Thursday. O'Brien expects Clowney to be ready for training camp, which begins in late July.

O'Brien wasn't sure exactly how long he's been dealing with this issue.

• The Chiefs released Brandon Flowers after three weeks of voluntary workouts in which the former starter was conspicuously absent. Flowers was due to make $5.25 million this season, and he carried a salary cap number of $10.5 million that made him difficult to keep. Already bumping up against the salary cap, the Chiefs will save about $7.25 million this season and $7.5 million next season.

• The Lions cut cornerback Chris Houston one year into his $25 million, five-year contract. Houston, who had foot surgery, was limited to 12 games last season because of toe and foot injuries. Houston had not attended offseason workouts so far this year under new coach Jim Caldwell.

• The Lions signed first-round pick Eric Ebron to a four-year contract. The North Carolina tight end was selected No. 10 overall.

• Giants linebacker Jon Beason broke a bone in his right foot and is expected to miss most of training camp. The team announced that he also tore a ligament during Thursday's offseason training activity workout. He had X-rays, an MRI and a CT scan to determine the extent of the injury.

• The Colts put safety Corey Lynch on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. Lynch played in five regular season games and both playoff games last season, primarily on special teams, after signing with Indianapolis on Nov. 27. He had six special teams tackles for the Colts.

• The Vikings signed wide receiver Josh Cooper. To make room for Cooper on the roster, wide receiver Lestar Jean was waived.

— AP

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