Danny Amendola

Houston Texans
Wide Receiver #80
Houston Texans
Wide Receiver #80

Danny Amendola News

Goes to injured reserve

The Texans placed Amendola (knee) on injured reserve Saturday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Amendola came out of the Texans' Week 12 loss to the Jets with a meniscus injury that required arthroscopic surgery Tuesday. With a recovery timeline of up to four weeks, this move was inevitable, and he won't be eligible return until a Dec. 26 game against the Chargers. While Amendola is in recovery mode, Brandin Cooks (illness), Nico Collins, Chris Conley (illness), Chris Moore and Davion Davis will comprise the Texans' group of wide receivers.

Dec 4, 2021 5:44 PM EST

Officially out Sunday

Amendola (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: Amendola sustained a meniscus injury during last week's loss to the Jets and was unable to practice ahead of Sunday's matchup. He's expected to miss up to four weeks, so the Texans could place the wide receiver on injured reserve to open up a spot on the active roster. Nico Collins, Chris Conley and Chris Moore could see an uptick in targets while Amendola is out.

Dec 3, 2021 9:45 PM EST

Sustains knee injury

Amendola suffered a knee injury during Week 12's loss to the Jets and could miss up to four weeks, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Amendola underwent a scope of the knee Tuesday, and the Texans await the results. This will be the second time in 2021 that the 36-year-old slot receiver misses significant time. He was unavailable for four games early this season due to a hamstring injury. Despite missing those games, Amendola is currently tied for third with 29 targets, which means others will fill that void. Branding Cooks could receive more looks, but he's already well established as the team's No 1. Further down the depth chart, rookie Nico Collins, who's averaged 4.2 targets over six games since returning from his own injury, could see additional targets. Houston also has veterans Chris Conley and Chris Moore rostered. Moore was signed to the active roster after Amendola's first injury and remained on the roster since. He may be the primary fill-in at slot receiver.

Dec 1, 2021 6:17 AM EST

Five targets in loss

Amendola caught three of five targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 21-14 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Amendola finished fourth among Houston's wideouts with 22 snaps but had an equal number of targets as did Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins, the Texans' top-two wideouts. One week after the 36-year-old wideout appeared to be headed for a reduced role, Amendola was a key figure as a receiver. Of course, it's a low-wattage passing attack, and Amendola's lone touchdown catch came in Week 1.

Nov 29, 2021 5:13 AM EST

Shrinking usage

Amendola did not catch his lone target and played 13 snaps in Sunday's 22-13 win over Tennessee.

Analysis: Amendola had the fewest number of snaps among the five wide receivers, which is a significant change. He had been among the top three in terms of playing time and targets prior to Houston's bye last week. That suggests the 36-year-old Amendola will play a reduced role over the final weeks of the regular season.

Nov 22, 2021 5:06 AM EST

Another big target day

Amendola caught three of seven targets for 49 yards in Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Amendola remains a key part of the offense, having gathered 17 targets in the three games back from a thigh injury. The Texans have a bye Week 10, which could be an opportunity to recalibrate the offense. To have the 36-year-old Amendola sucking up targets on a 1-8 team seems pointless.

Nov 8, 2021 5:02 AM EST

Registers five targets in loss

Amendola caught two of five targets for three yards in Sunday's 38-22 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: In terms of production, Amendola's performance isn't much, but he somehow retains a significant part of the passing game when healthy. He was second among wide receivers in targets and snaps. In the two games since returning from a four-game absence due to a thigh injury, he's been targeted 10 times. That might be the Texans showcasing the 35-year-old receiver ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline.

Nov 1, 2021 6:59 AM EST

Returns to action

Amendola caught three of five targets for 17 yards and returned one kickoff for 15 yards in Sunday's 31-5 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Amendola returned to action Sunday after missing four games due to a thigh injury. He fit in behind Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins in terms of snap count and shared third wideout duties with Chris Conley. Amendola's five targets tied for third with Collins, behind David Johnson (seven) and Cooks (six). He and Tremon Smith both were added to the return team Sunday, the first game following the Texans' decision to release Andre Roberts. Amendola has been targeted 11 times over 53 snaps, the best target-to-snap ratio among the wideouts, but his injury history works against him. Plus, he's a 35-year-old (36 on Nov. 2) playing for a 1-6 team that should eventually start evaluating all of its younger players in the pipeline.

Oct 25, 2021 5:05 AM EST

Returns to full practice

Amendola (thigh) practiced fully Wednesday.

Analysis: Amendola is thus in line to return to action Sunday against the Cardinals and is in a position to reclaim a share of the Texans' slot duties in the process. In the two games he suited up for this season, Amendola caught all six of his targets for 43 yards and a TD. With rookie Davis Mills slated to start at QB at least one more game for Houston, Amendola profiles as a speculative Week 7 lineup option in deeper PPR formats while squaring off against 6-0 Arizona.

Oct 20, 2021 3:29 PM EST

To miss fourth straight

Amendola (thigh) is inactive Week 6 against the Colts.

Analysis: Amendola was able to log three practices on a limited basis this week, but that won't be enough for the 35-year-old to make his first appearance since Week 2. Look for Brandin Cooks, Chris Conley and Chris Moore to again lead the receiving corps in his stead, with a potential boost from the recently-activated Nico Collins.

Oct 17, 2021 8:36 AM EST

Questionable against Colts

Amendola (thigh) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: Amendola was limited in all three practice sessions this week, so it's hard to get a read on his availability, especially after he also practiced in a limited fashion last week prior to sitting out. If he's able to suit up Sunday, it will be Amendola's first action since Week 2.

Oct 15, 2021 12:22 PM EST

Remains limited at practice

Amendola (thigh) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Amendola practiced last week in a limited fashion, but wound up inactive for Sunday's loss to the Patriots. However, coach David Culley noted Wednesday that the slot receiver is "making progress" and will hopefully be able to return to the lineup this weekend against the Colts, Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site reports. Along with the possibility that Amendola could return to the mix versus Indianapolis, Nico Collins (shoulder) is also a candidate to resume action in Week 6 after being designated to return from IR on Wednesday.

Oct 13, 2021 2:32 PM EST

Could return Week 6

Coach David Culley said Monday that Amendola (thigh) could return for Sunday's game against the Colts, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Amendola was back at practice last week but was ultimately held out for a third consecutive game. However, Culley said that the receiver was "so close" to returning, and he's hopeful that the 35-year-old will be able to suit up against Indianapolis. Across his first two appearances of the year, Amendola hauled in all six of his targets for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Oct 11, 2021 8:17 AM EST

Inactive Sunday

Amendola (thigh) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: With Amendola inactive, Brandin Cooks and Chris Conley will head the Texans' Week 5 WR corps, with Andre Roberts, Chris Moore and Davion Davis candidates to log complementary snaps Sunday.

Oct 10, 2021 8:48 AM EST

Questionable against former team

Amendola (thigh) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Amendola has a chance to return after missing Houston's last two games. He's been practicing in a limited capacity and would surely love a crack at taking down his former team, though the slot receiver will now be catching passes from rookie third-round pick Davis Mills; Amendola's injury occurred not long before quarterback Tyrod Taylor hurt his hamstring.

Oct 8, 2021 1:04 PM EST

Back at practice

Amendola (thigh) will practice Wednesday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Amendola missed the Texans' last two games, but his return to practice Wednesday suggests that a return to action Sunday against his former team, the Patriots, is looming for the slot man. If so, he'd presumably be in line to step into a key role in Houston's offense, with Anthony Miller no longer in the mix.

Oct 6, 2021 10:41 AM EST

Won't play against Buffalo

Amendola (thigh) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: Amendola was unable to take part in any of Houston's practices this week, so it's not surprising that the veteran slot receiver will have to sit out for a second consecutive game due to the injury he suffered in Week 2. A Week 5 visit from one of Amendola's former teams -- the Patriots -- will present his next opportunity to return to action.

Oct 1, 2021 1:02 PM EST

Remains sidelined

Amendola (thigh) didn't practice Wednesday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: At this stage it doesn't look like Amendola will suit up Sunday against the Bills, and if he remains out this weekend, Brandin Cooks, Anthony Miller and Chris Conley would be in line to head Houston's Week 4 wide receiver corps.

Sep 29, 2021 2:50 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 3

Amendola (thigh) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Panthers.

Analysis: With Nico Collins (shoulder) having been placed on IR, Brandin Cooks and Chris Conley profile as the Texans' top healthy WRs in Week 3, while Anthony Miller and Andre Roberts are now candidates to see added looks in the team's thinned-out wideout corps.

Sep 22, 2021 1:34 PM EST

Could face multi-week absence

Amendola didn't practice Tuesday and could miss 2-to-3 weeks due to the thigh injury he suffered in Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Browns, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Houston already placed another wideout Nico Collins (shoulder) on injured reserve Tuesday, and Amendola could soon join him if the Texans get the sense that the veteran slot man is trending toward the longer end of that estimated recovery timeline. The Texans have yet to provide many specifics about Amendola's injury or confirm the reported timeline, though head coach David Culley admitted Tuesday that the 35-year-old receiver likely won't play Thursday against the Panthers. Culley said that Anthony Miller would be active for the first time this season Thursday, and Miller will likely replace Amendola as Houston's primary option out of the slot.

Sep 21, 2021 1:40 PM EST

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