HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – All signs are pointing towards right tackle Derek Newton being back on the field for the Houston Texans on Sunday when they take on the Chicago Bears for their season opener.
Newton had been sidelined with a hamstring injury in the preseason. Over the past few practices, the Texans starting right tackle has been back trying to get back into the swing of things.
Head coach Bill O’Brien mentioned Wednesday that Newton’s conditioning has looked “decent” and he will continue ramping it up before Sunday’s tilt.
“It feels pretty good, got a couple of days under my belt,” Derek Newton told sportsradio610.com of being back on the field, “getting back to my old self is going to take a little bit of time cause you know I didn’t do as much during training camp, but (I’m) slowly making my way back.”
Now, Newton’s biggest challenge is getting back up to game speed.
“Just catching back up conditioning-wise,” Newton said of where he needs to improve right now, “I feel ok now… come Sunday.”
He isn’t sure exactly how much he will able to do come game time, but Newton said, he’ll be in there till he is pulled out.
The offensive line during the preseason has been mixed and matched with different parts. While there has been a bunch of guys going in and out of the line, Newton feels the chemistry should be fine when he gets into the game.
“I got some time with those guys at OTA’s,” Newton said, “I think it’s getting back to what we were which is communicating in meetings, watching a little film together, getting together in practice, stuff like that, other than that we are doing pretty good.”
Now word yet if Newton is going to start, but he should play plenty. Kendall Lamm should also see plenty of time depending on how much Newton can do.