By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn reportedly “tweaked” his quadriceps at some point during the teams offseason workouts. ESPN’s Mike Reiss mentioned the detail in a column on Sunday.
The report added that Clayborn’s quad injury forced the 30-year-old to have his workload “scaled back” in subsequent workouts, and it could also “limit his availability” during phase three of offseason workouts, which begins with Monday’s first OTA session.
Clayborn is, however, expected to be fully recovered for the start of training camp. Veterans are expected to report on July 27.
The Patriots signed the former Falcons DE to a two-year deal with a base value of $10 million. Only $5.5 million is guaranteed, which includes his $1.5 million base salary for 2018 and his $4 million signing bonus. There is an opt-out clause for the 2019 season, when Clayborn’s salary would jump to $3.5 million.
Despite playing in all 16 games for the Falcons in 2017, Clayborn did come to the Patriots with a history of serious injuries – particularly muscle and ligament tears. He tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus in 2012, his right biceps in 2014, his MCL and meniscus again in 2016, and his left biceps during the 2016 NFL Playoffs.
Considering that past, Clayborn’s first offseason in New England is certainly off to an inauspicious start. But the report indicates that he’ll be ready for training camp with the chance to play a second straight season without a major injury. A key offseason addition, Clayborn is expected to play in a variety of situations on the edge of the Patriots’ defensive line and help the pass rush.
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