Jadeveon Clowney wants to set the record straight.
The former South Carolina star was upset — not angry — that he was inactive for his first NFL playoff game on Saturday.
Clowney was inactive for the Houston Texans’ 30-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in yesterday’s Wild Card playoff game, which led the outside linebacker to reportedly leave the stadium. It was later reported that Clowney was delivering tickets to family members.
Afterwards, he explained why.
“I was frustrated I didn’t get to play,” Clowney said, via The Associated Press.
“I think anybody would have been and I watched the game here. Stayed here and watched the game. I don’t think I walked out on nobody.”
Clowney sustained a foot injury in the Texans’ Week 16 win over the Tennessee Titans, then was inactive for the regular-season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The former Gamecocks pass-rusher was a question mark leading up to the playoff game, but coach Bill O’Brien opted not to activate the former No. 1 pick.
Clowney has only been able to play 17 games in his first two seasons because of various injuries. He had 4.5 sacks in his second season, but expects more in 2016.
“I know what I can do,” he said, via the AP. “It’s funny just hearing other people talk, but I just think I’m going to come back and dominate the league next year.”