The Houston Texans have informed tackle Derek Newton of his release. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported the news earlier today.
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien had the following to say in regards to Newton.
The status of Newton in Houston has been an unknown up to this point. Newton tore both patellar tendons in Week 7 of 2016 and has not seen the field since. Houston has kept Newton on their physically unable to perform list since May of 2017.
The release of Newton may indicate the Texans strategy in regards to the NFL Draft. Houston may be targeting offensive linemen and considering the unknown status of Newton it may have been easier to move on now rather than later. This all in type of approach allows both parties to go their separate ways. The Texans can attempt to find a suitable replacement for Newton and Newton can decide if he wishes to continue his football career.
Per a report by USA Today Sports, Newton had been medically cleared by Dr. James Andrews to participate in organized team activities. This is contrary to the physical Newton reportedly failed a few weeks ago. There is something to be said about Dr. Andrews clearing a player to participate in football activities. Dr. Andrews of all people would certainly be more than qualified to judge if an NFL player is capable of practicing.
Newton has also reportedly filed a grievance in regards to an unpaid roster bonus of $500,000.