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Derek Newton | Tackle | #72

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/16/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 315
College: Arkansas State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 7 (214) / HOU
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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. Oct 26 - 5:12 PM

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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.
Oct 25 - 4:55 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.
Oct 24 - 10:09 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.
Oct 24 - 8:56 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.
Sep 18 - 11:38 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).
Sep 16 - 7:16 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.
Aug 29 - 4:26 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.
Jul 31 - 6:58 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

The Washington Post's Mike Jones reports the Redskins have inquired about free agent RT Derek Newton.

The Texans are hoping to work out a deal with Newton before free agency begins, but the NFL's legal tampering window could complicate their negotiations. Washington is on the hunt for a new right tackle after Tyler Polumbus and Tom Compton proved to be swinging doors last season. With Doug Free now off the market, Newton's asking price could skyrocket.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 01:21:00 PM

The Texans are in "active negotiations" with free agent RT Derek Newton and CB Kareem Jackson.

Per reporter Tania Ganguli, it's "very possible both return." Jackson isn't a difference-making corner, but he offers plus versatility and bookend Johnathan Joseph is getting up there in age. Newton is another key piece. With Chargers LT King Dunlap locked up and Cowboys RT Doug Free set to be soon, Newton could emerge as free agency's No. 2 tackle behind Bryan Bulaga.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 12:36:00 AM

Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Derek Newton will be the Texans' starting right tackle.

Newton struggled to play above replacement level despite starting all 16 games last season, grading out as a bottom-five tackle by Pro Football Focus. He was a liability in pass protection, allowing 37 quarterback hurries. Newton could eventually face competition from second-year RT Brennan Williams.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 07:37:00 PM

Derek Newton is working as the starting right tackle at Texans OTAs.

Newton was tossed around both as a pass protector and run blocker across 16 starts last season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 72 tackle out of 76 qualifiers. He and now-free agent Ryan Harris split snaps. Newton has started 30 games the past two seasons and underwent patellar tendon surgery in the 2013 offseason. He's currently the biggest liability on Houston's line and should face competition from Brennan Williams and David Quessenberry.
Source: CSN Houston
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 09:11:00 AM

Texans RT Derek Newton (patellar tendon surgery) says he's "doing great" and "will be ready" for the start of training camp.

The single biggest liability on Houston's offensive line last year, Newton will enter camp the favorite to start over journeyman Ryan Harris and rookie Brennan Williams. Newton got knocked around in the 2012 run game, contributing to Arian Foster's YPC decline. But at this point, he's still the Texans' best option.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 03:19:00 PM

Coach Gary Kubiak is concerned with the Texans' right tackle position.

The Texans practiced without their top two right tackles during OTAs and minicamp. Derek Newton (knee) started 14 games last season, and had offseason surgery to repair his patellar tendon. Brennan Williams (knee), a third-round pick from North Carolina, injured his knee in rookie minicamp in May. Both are expected to be ready for training camp on July 26.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 12:00:00 PM

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RB1Lamar Miller
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3Tyler Ervin
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GLB1Lamar Miller
2Alfred Blue
3RB1Lamar Miller
2Tyler Ervin
FB1Jay Prosch
WR11DeAndre Hopkins
2Braxton Miller
3Keith Mumphery
WR21Will Fuller
2Jaelen Strong
WR31Braxton Miller
TE1Ryan Griffin
2C.J. Fiedorowicz
3Stephen Anderson
LT1Duane Brown
2Kendall Lamm
LG1Xavier Su'a-Filo
C1Greg Mancz
2Tony Bergstrom
RG1Jeff Allen
2Oday Aboushi
RT1Chris Clark
K1Nick Novak