Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney will have a second surgery on his right knee, ending his rookie season for the Houston Texans after only three games.
Clowney visited Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday to have the knee examined and Coach Bill O'Brien announced the news Thursday.
"This guy's been injured and it's time to clean it up and get him back to feeling good and get him back on the field as soon as we can," O'Brien said.
The outside linebacker was injured in Week 1 and had arthroscopic surgery Sept. 8. He has played three games since then, but has never completely recovered from the procedure and said last week that he's still in a lot of pain.
Adrian Peterson's appeal hearing concluded Thursday in New York after about two hours, with the primary focus on testimony from NFL executive Troy Vincent, a person familiar with the case told the Associated Press.
Peterson is seeking reinstatement after Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him for the final six games of the regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Goodell also told Peterson he would not be considered for reinstatement before April 15.
"We want a fair process for Adrian and neutral arbitration for all players," said George Atallah, the assistant executive of external affairs for the NFL Players Assn. "That is something we should all agree on."
The NFL declined to comment.
Minnesota wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has lost his starting job to Charles Johnson. Patterson, a first-round pick in 2013, has 30 catches for 350 yards and one touchdown in 12 games this year. ... Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to work Thursday after an unexpected day off and will almost certainly play Sunday in Cincinnati. Roethlisberger, who hit his right (throwing hand) on a New Orleans Saints player on Sunday and skipped practice Wednesday was sharp in team drills, according to Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley. ... Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush said he's "100% healthy" and that he's playing Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers....
Senators from both parties warned the NFL on Thursday to get rid of a four-decade-old TV "blackout" rule or risk congressional action to restrict the league's lucrative antitrust exemption, which allows NFL teams to negotiate radio and television broadcast rights together