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Derek Newton | Tackle | #72

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/16/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 315
College: Arkansas State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 7 (214) / HOU
Contract: view contract details

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Texans RT Derek Newton (PUP, ruptured patellar tendons) agreed to a pay cut.
Newton was scheduled to earn $4.75 million each of the next three seasons, but those base salaries have been cut to $1.75 million this year, $2.25 million in 2018, and $2 million in 2019. His salary this year is guaranteed. Coach Bill O'Brien has said he expects Newton to eventually return from rupturing both patellar tendons, but this move suggests the Texans are rightfully skeptical. Tue, May 23, 2017 12:37:00 PM

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Coach Bill O'Brien expects RT Derek Newton (PUP, ruptured patellar tendons) to eventually come back from his knee injuries.

"It's a tough injury," said O'Brien. "Very difficult to come back from right away. Not something he can't come back from, but it's very difficult within a year." No player has ever returned after tearing both patellar tendons, but Newton’s situation isn't as clear-cut as an offensive lineman. It’s possible Newton will need to move inside to continue his career.
Sat, May 13, 2017 02:37:00 PM

Texans placed RT Derek Newton (knees) on reserve/PUP.

Newton will miss the entire season after tearing both of his patellar tendons last October. The Texans drafted his potential replacement in fourth-rounder Julie'n Davenport. 29-year-old Newton's career is in jeopardy. The Texans can save $4 million from releasing Newton next offseason.
Fri, May 12, 2017 06:00:00 PM

ESPN's Sarah Barshop wrote Texans RT Derek Newton (knees) "will probably not play" in 2017.

It is a safe assumption after Newton tore the patellar tendon in both knees last October. Although he is reportedly making "solid progress" in his rehab, it is a gruesome injury which will at the very least alter Newton's career arc. The Texans would be wise to find a replacement, and Barshop believes it "would make sense" for them to "use a high draft pick" on a tackle.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 11:04:00 AM

Texans RT Derek Newton (knees) is making "solid progress" in his recovery.

Newton has been shut down since tearing both his patellar tendons in Week 7. It's good he hasn't had any setbacks, but his 2017 status remains shaky at best. Newton is likely to miss most of training camp and doubtful to be ready for the start of the season. He's a strong candidate for reserve/PUP.
Wed, Feb 22, 2017 06:12:00 PM

Texans RT Derek Newton (knees) remains without a timetable for return.

Newton tore the patellar tendons in both of his knees on the same play back in Week 7. It's a very rare injury and one that has proven extremely difficult to come back from, as even one patellar tendon tear comes with a lengthy recovery. We'd be surprised if Newton is ready for Week 1.
Mon, Jan 16, 2017 12:56:00 PM

Texans placed RT Derek Newton on injured reserve with torn patellar tendons in both knees.

Newton suffered the horrific injuries in Monday night's loss to Denver. His career is in jeopardy. Jeff Adams has taken Newton's place on the active roster while Chris Clark is slated to start at right tackle.
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 05:12:00 PM

The Houston Chronicle confirms Texans RT Derek Newton (torn patellar tendons) is facing an "uphill battle" to ever play again.

Newton is believed to have "additional damage" in addition to the patellar tendons. He will be in a wheelchair for "several weeks" following surgery. Newton turns 29 next month, and is signed through 2019. 2017 is probably out of the question.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 04:55:00 PM

Updating a previous item, NFL Newtork's Ian Rapoport reports Texans RT Derek Newton tore both of his patellar tendons in Monday night's Week 7 game against the Broncos.

According to RapSheet, there is also "more damage." This is about as brutal an injury a football player can suffer. Newton's injury appeared to be a freak thing, as he simply collapsed in non-contact fashion as both of his knees simply gave out. Newton is certainly out for the season and probably questionable for Week 1 next season. It's a career-threatening injury.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 10:09:00 PM

Texans RT Derek Newton was carted off the field with a knee injury in the first quarter of Monday night's Week 7 game against the Broncos.

Newton was injured on the Texans' third series. His right leg twisted awkwardly as he tumbled to the ground trying to block Von Miller on third down. The training staff had to put both of Newton's legs in air casts, suggesting he's dealing with a significant, likely season-ending injury. Chris Clark replaced him.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 08:56:00 PM

Texans RT Derek Newton (knee) is active for Week 2 against the Chiefs.

Houston is still without LT Duane Brown, but Newton and RG Jeff Allen are active. Houston also declared ILB Brian Cushing, QB Brandon Weeden, WR Keith Mumphery, S Eddie Pleasant, OG Oday Aboushi, and DE Joel Heath inactive for Week 2.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 11:38:00 AM

Texans RT Derek Newton (knee) did not practice on Friday and is listed as questionable.

Newton was added to the report on Thursday as a limited participant, suggesting he suffered the injury in practice. Missing Friday's session entirely is a bad sign for his availability this weekend. The Texans are already without LT Duane Brown (knee).
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 07:16:00 PM

Texans RT Derek Newton (hamstring) is expected to be ready for Week 1.

He'll resume practicing this week. It's a sliver of good news for a line that has been hit hard by preseason injuries, losing C Nick Martin (ankle) to I.R. and LT Duane Brown (quad) potentially to reserve/PUP to open the year.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 04:26:00 PM

Texans RT Derek Newton is out "a few weeks" with a hamstring strain.

The Texans will likely enter preseason games without both of their starting offensive tackles. LT Duane Brown (quad surgery) opened camp on active/PUP.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 06:58:00 PM

Texans re-signed RT Derek Newton to a five-year, $26.5 million contract with $10 million guaranteed.

PFF's highest-graded run blocker among right tackles last season, Newton garnered initial interest from the Redskins, but the Texans managed to keep their man. A seventh-round pick in 2011, Newton has had an up-and-down career but broke out last season at age 27. With Newton and Doug Free off the market, Bryan Bulaga should generate a ton interest over the next 72 hours. Houston's offensive line is shaping up from left to right as LT Duane Brown, LG Xavier Su'a-Filo, C Ben Jones, RG Brandon Brooks, and RT Newton.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 02:01:00 PM

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