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Top pick, Clowney, goes on IR

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(AP) — Houston has placed top overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney on injured reserve two days after he had microfracture surgery on his right knee. The surgery was the second this season for the outside linebacker. The move ends a tough rookie year for the 21-year-old who had sports hernia surgery in the offseason and a concussion in training camp before injuring his knee in his first NFL game.

In other NFL injury news:

— The Arizona Cardinals will be without safety Tyrann Mathieu and right guard Paul Fanaika against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night, but cornerback Antonio Cromartie will likely play. Mathieu has a broken thumb, Fanaika has a sprained ankle and Cromartie is getting over an ankle injury.

— Jacksonville has placed running back Denard Robinson on injured reserve with a mid-foot sprain. Robinson hurt his right foot early in Sunday’s loss against Houston, but stayed in the game. Tests revealed an injury that takes six to eight weeks to heal.


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