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Texans place Clowney, Dent on PUP list ahead of camp

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HOUSTON – The Houston Texans announced Monday that second-year linebacker Jadeveon Clowney has been placed on the active-physically unable to perform list. 

The former No. 1 overall draft pick missed significant time during his first season with the Texans last year. 

The designation will sideline Clowney for the start of training camp. He can return to practice once he medically cleared to do so.

Fifth-year linebacker Akeem Dent has also been placed on the active/PUP list.

After the preseason, if Clowney and Dent remain unable to play, they can be placed on the reserve/PUP list, meaning they are ineligible to return to practice or games for the first six weeks of the season. A player on the reserve/PUP list doesn't count against the team's 53-man roster.

Once the first six weeks are over, the Texans must make a decision on whether to activate, release or place  Clowney or Dent on injured reserve.

The Texans start training camp Saturday. The first game of the season is Sunday, Sept. 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs.