Although Bill O'Brien lauded the work ethic that Derek Newton has shown in his comeback effort, the Houston Texans coach apparently was not impressed enough to keep the offensive tackle.
Newton was informed by the Texans that he is being released, according to USA Today, which also reported that Newton is filing a grievance against team for not paying a roster bonus he believes he deserves.
Newton tore patella tendons in both knees during the 2016 season and missed all of the 2017 campaign.
Newton failed the team physical on March 23, but according to the USA Today report, Newton got a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews that indicated he was cleared to take part in workouts.
Newton's $500,000 roster bonus, which was due April 1, has not been paid.
Late last month, O'Brien noted Newton's effort in his comeback attempt.