Texans' Derek Newton tears both patellar tendons

The Texans lost their starting right tackle for the season Monday.

Derek Newton went down in the first quarter of the Texans' 27-9 loss to the Broncos, writhing in pain. Trainers tended to the big offensive lineman, placing both legs in air casts before carting him off the field. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Newton tore both patellar tendons.

The O-lineman's season is over, and per both Garafolo and Rapoport, the recovery is expected to be "incredibly long and difficult."

After the game, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said he had no update about the injury, but emphasized that Newton was still scheduled to undergo an MRI. NFL Network's James Palmer reported Newton will ride home with the Texans on the team charter plane, but he will travel in an ambulance to the airport.

The 28-year-old had started every game for the Texans from 2013 until last week when he missed Houston's victory over the Colts with an ankle injury. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder was drafted in the seventh round by the Texans in 2011.

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