Amendola opted to retire rather than return for his 14th NFL season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Amendola received interest in free agency from multiple teams this offseason after recording 24 catches for 248 yards and three touchdowns with Houston in 2021, according to Schefter. However, the two-time Super Bowl champ with New England is apparently at peace with the course of his career, saying, "It was better than I could have ever imagined." Amendola accumulated 24 touchdowns and 6,212 receiving yards on 617 career catches over 13 seasons spent playing between the Rams, Patriots, Dolphins, Lions and Texans.
Jul 25, 2022 4:25 PM EST
Amendola recorded seven receptions on eight targets for 113 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 28-25 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: Amendola was a substantial part of the offense thanks to the absence of Chris Conley (knee) and early exit of Brandin Cooks (knee). He took advantage of his opportunity and showed immediate rapport with Davis Mills, keying the Texans' comeback efforts. Amendola found the end zone from seven and 26 yards away, while also racking up big gains of 37 and 21 yards. The end result was his first game with over 100 yards since the 2019 season. Looking ahead, Amendola is set to hit free agency and could sign another short-term deal to serve as a depth receiver with the Texans or a new team.
Jan 9, 2022 8:25 PM EST
Amendola (undisclosed) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.
Analysis: Amendola landed on the COVID list last week and is now back on the active roster after missing one game. He missed the previous four games with a knee injury before entering the virus protocols, but he should be back on the field for the season finale this weekend.
Jan 5, 2022 2:16 PM EST
Amendola (undisclosed) has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Analysis: Until Amendola clears COVID protocols, Brandin Cooks, Nico Collins and Chris Conley (knee) are in line to serve as Houston's top available wide receivers. Amendola, who had been dealing with a knee issue and was recently activated off IR, last suited up in Week 12.
Dec 30, 2021 1:12 PM EST
Amendola (knee) wasn't listed as injured on Wednesday's practice estimate.
Analysis: Amendola appears to have finally gotten past his knee injury. The veteran slot receiver's on track to suit up for the first time since Week 12 come Sunday in San Francisco.
Dec 29, 2021 3:52 PM EST
Amendola (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Analysis: Though Amendola returned to practice Thursday and was reinstated from injured reserve Saturday, the Texans will apparently give him more time off to recover from the knee injury that sidelined him for the past three games. With Brandin Cooks (illness) also sidelined after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Nico Collins, Chris Conley, Phillip Dorsett, Chris Moore and Jalen Camp will represent Houston's available options at receiver.
Dec 26, 2021 8:56 AM EST
Amendola (knee) was activated off IR in advance of Sunday's game against the Chargers, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Analysis: With top wideout Brandin Cooks on the COVID-19 reserve list, Amendola's return comes at an opportune time. While it remains to be seen how much volume he'll be up for in Week 16, Amendola could pick up some targets out of the slot on Sunday.
Dec 25, 2021 2:46 PM EST
Per coach David Culley, there's "a possibility" that Amendola (knee) could play Sunday against the Chargers, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Amendola has been designated to return from IR, but this nuggets suggests that he's not a lock to be activated for the contest, however. If he is though, Amendola could see immediate snaps out of the slot while bolstering a Week 16 Houston WR corps that may be without Brandin Cooks (reserve/COVID-19 list).
Dec 24, 2021 8:53 AM EST
Amendola (knee) has been designated to return from IR.
Analysis: The Texans now have a 21-day window in which to activate the slot man, but if he's able to demonstrate that he's ready for game action in the coming days, he could step into key role this Sunday against the Chargers in the event that Brandin Cooks isn't activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Amendola, who last suited up in Week 12, has recorded 17 catches (on 29 targets) for 135 yards and a TD in seven contests to date this season.
Dec 23, 2021 10:44 AM EST
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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