Derek Newton “will probably not play next season”

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It’s only February and Derek Newton’s 2017 season for the Houston Texans is already in doubt.

It sounds like Derek Newton’s 2017 season is already in question after suffering torn patellar tendons to both legs during the Houston Texans’ week seven loss to the Denver Broncos last season.

Sarah Barshop of ESPN says Newton likely won’t play next season. Here’s what she wrote:

"Newton will probably not play next season, though Brown said he is “in great spirits” and is “doing everything he can to get back as quickly as possible.” Brown also acknowledged that Newton has “a long road ahead of him.” Last season, Clark did not prove that he could be a starter going forward when given the starting role after Newton’s injury. Brown has two years left on his contract, as well, so drafting a tackle early would also give time for a young player to get his feet wet on the right side before eventually transitioning to the left."

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The Texans will have plenty of options on the free agent market to fill the void left behind by Newton.  Ryan Clady, Kelvin Beachum and now Russell Okung are all suddenly free agents.  Not to mention that veterans like Ricky Wagner and Andrew Whitworth will be hitting the open market once free agency kicks off on March 9th.

The other option of course is for the Texans to draft someone and if they do it would make sense to take Utah’s Garett Bolles in the first round.  I just wrote a draft profile on him today.

Other options in the draft are Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk–who could be taken early the first round– as well as Cam Robinson of Alabama.

Next: 2017 NFL Draft prospect profile: Utah LT Garett Bolles