Houston Texans starting offensive tackle Derek Newton will miss a few weeks after undergoing a MRI on his left leg after an injury on the first day of training camp. Newton was carted off in the middle of practice and has a strained hamstring that will cause some missed time.
"I don’t think it was life-threatening or anything like that, so I think he’ll be alright. But we’ll go from there.” said Bill O'Brien of Newton's injury at the end of practice.
Now with Newton out, the Texans will have to get creative with their offensive tackle rotation and O'Brien discussed their situation.
“It’s a rotation. I would say right now with Duane (Brown) out, (Kendall) Lamm is getting a bunch of reps." said O'Brien. "You’ve got (Andrew) McDonald over there. You’ve got obviously (Chris) Clark over there getting a bunch of reps. There’s guys that can play. Jeff Allen can bump out and play tackle. There’s a number of different ways we could go.”
The Texans are now without both of their starting tackles from the past three season with Newton now out and Duane Brown recovering from a torn quad from last season. Expect Chris Clark and Kendall Lamm to get bulk of the work at offensive tackle moving forward until the two starters return at some point this season.