According to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson, Texans offensive tackle Derek Newton is slated to return to practice this week after being sidelined for almost a month with a hamstring injury. While it's not expected that Newton will take part in the preseason finale against the Cowboys, there is a distinct possibility that he could be back in time for the regular season opener against the Bears.
The Texans' offensive line has been in a state of turmoil so far this August, with no fewer than three starters (Newton included) being held out with injuries. Starting left tackle Duane Brown is still working his way back from a torn quad suffered at the end of last season, and projected starting center Nick Martin was put on injured reserve with a severe ankle injury that required surgery. Newton’s return would help to finally open some decent running lanes for Lamar Miller (a rarity so far in this preseason), while also giving Brock Osweiler consistent protection from some of the deadly edge rushers that Houston is slated to face this season.
Welcome back, Derek. Please, please never leave us again.
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