When Derek Newton ruptured his patellar tendons last season, the Houston Texans knew he’d be facing a lengthy recovery. This weekend, the Texans placed the veteran right tackle on the reserved/physically unable to perform (PUP) list. This allows Newton to continue his recovery, while the team won’t have him counting against their active roster.

Newton has been a steady presence on the Texans’ line for the last several seasons. He signed a 5-year deal worth $26.5 million in 2015. However, Newton suffered a rare double patellar tendon tear on the same play against the Denver Broncos. Almost seven months removed from the devastating injury, Newton still faces a lengthy recovery.

Houston Texans Take:

With Newton’s injury, the Houston Texans spent a 4th round pick on Julie’n Davenport. Davenport is a raw, small-school prospect who has immense size and potential. However, he probably would be best served learning the NFL game before being placed in the starting lineup. However, Davenport may be forced into immediate action at right tackle, with the Texans facing a depth shortage. If Davenport proves himself, the team would have a solid bookend with Duane Brown to help keep Deshaun Watson upright. Davenport can even be a future replacement for Duane Brown.

In the meantime, Derek Newton continues his recovery. Newton’s injury isn’t believed to be career-threatening. However, no player has ever come back from a double patellar tendon tear. As an offensive lineman, Newton has a chance to come back, but may never be the dominant run blocker that he showed pre-injury. Going forward, the team will hope that Davenport helps them manage the Newton injury.