METAIRIE, La. — Derek Newton‘s comeback from 2 torn patellar tendons hit another obstacle Thursday when the veteran offensive tackle was released by the saints .

Newton, who signed with the Saints two weeks past, has not played since he suffered the accident with the Houston Texans in 2016.

The 31-year-old said he thinks he would be the very first to ever come back and play in a NFL game after ripping both patellar tendons at the same moment. He said he was laid up in bed for two months after the accident, then spent nearly 3 weeks in a wheelchair after that.

It’s unsure why the Saints released Newton, but it’s likely they wanted someone who’d be prepared to play sooner, since injuries have been piling upon the line lately. Starting left handle Terron Armstead has missed the past five games with a torn pectoral, though he is getting closer to a return. Center Max Unger (concussion) and backup left handle Jermon Bushrod (hamstring) missed practice Wednesday after leaving Monday night’s game early in Carolina. Still another veteran backup, Michael Ola, has been placed on injured reserve two weeks past.

The Saints substituted Newton by registering another veteran offensive address, Cornelius Lucas, who was released by the la Rams after the pre season.

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