Clowney reportedly played with sports hernia in 2013

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! For many months leading up to the draft, we heard time and again that Jadeveon Clowney had motor issues.

Never mind that he was still in college only because of the NFL's ridiculous age policy that preserves its cost- and consequence-free minor league system (otherwise known as the NCAA).

As the story went, Clowney was either protecting his body (and his livelihood) last season, or was a (insert derogatory African-American code word) glory boy diva.

Well, turns out that Clowney was hampered last year by a sports hernia, which was only this month surgically repaired.

Gotta wonder how the Nolan Nawrockis of the world would spin this news.

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News

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Analysis

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