Already without starting left tackle Duane Brown, the Houston Texans offensive line took another blow as right tackle Derek Newton was carted off the field
Sometimes things just seem to repeat themselves. Throughout the entire 2015 season, the Houston Texans had to battle injuries all along their offensive line.
Guard Xavier Su’a-Filo missed most of training camp and the early part of the season. His backup, Jeff Adams, had a knee injury take him out for the whole season. Left tackle Duane Brown battled a hand injury early on and then later suffered a quadriceps injury as well.
2016 hasn’t started off any better for the Texans as Derek Newton was carted off the field with a hamstring injury during the team’s first practice of training camp.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Newton didn’t appear to be in any real pain and coach Bill O’Brien didn’t seem too concerned either.
"“I don’t think it was anything life-threatening or anything like that. I think he’ll be all right. We’ll go from there.” O’Brien said per Wilson."
Even if the injury is nothing serious, it’s not the way Houston wanted to start camp. Newton was healthy all last season and even moved around the line to help the Texans field the best unit possible each Sunday.
With Brown still on the physically unable to perform list the Texans have turned to veteran Chris Clark at left tackle and second year player Kendall Lamm on the right side to start at the edges of the line.
Lamm was undrafted out of Appalachian State and started four games in 2015 for the snake-bitten Texans. Clark was acquired at the end of training camp from the Denver Broncos in 2015 for a seventh round draft pick.
He enters his eighth NFL season and the thirty-year old also started four games last season for the Texans.