Darrell Daniels

Indianapolis Colts
Tight End #47
Indianapolis Colts
Tight End #47

Darrell Daniels News

Cut from practice squad

Indianapolis cut Daniels from its practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Daniels joined the Colts' practice squad ahead of Week 10 but wasn't elevated for Sunday's matchup against the Raiders and has been released a week later. In a corresponding move, Indianapolis signed linebacker Tyrell Adams to its practice squad.

Nov 15, 2022 9:34 AM EST

Joins Indianapolis' practice squad

Indianapolis signed Daniels to its practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Daniels appeared in 15 games for the Cardinals last season, recording one catch for zero yards, but he failed to stick with the Texans this offseason and has remained a free agent since. The veteran tight end will get his first NFL opportunity of the campaign with Indianapolis and could be a candidate for elevation if Jelani Woods (shoulder) is unable to play in Week 10.

Nov 9, 2022 10:51 AM EST

Released by Houston

The Texans released Daniels on Friday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Analysis: Daniels signed a contract with Houston in May after spending three years in Arizona. However, the Texans have opted to move on from the veteran tight end in favor of former Bengals tight end Mason Schreck, who signed with Houston on Friday.

Jun 10, 2022 12:52 PM EST

Inks new deal

Daniels signed with the Texans on Monday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Daniels spent the last three seasons with the Cardinals, mostly supplying deeper tight end depth for them, a roll he'll likely have if he can crack the Texans roster. Last season Daniels appeared in 15 contests, making one catch on four targets for no yards.

May 23, 2022 1:53 PM EST

No designation for Week 11

Daniels (shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Daniels was a limited participant in the Cardinals' first two Week 11 practices on account of the shoulder injury, but he gained clearance for Sunday after practicing fully Friday, per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site. He'll likely serve as the No. 2 tight end behind starter Zach Ertz this weekend, with Daniels being deployed primarily as a blocker.

Nov 19, 2021 3:21 PM EST

Available Week 8

Daniels (hamstring) is active for Thursday's game against the Packers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Daniels was listed as limited all week on Cardinals injury reports, but his hamstring issue won't deter him from suiting up. That said, with Zach Ertz having one more week of prep to acclimate himself to the offense, Daniels likely won't have much more than a bit role now and moving forward.

Oct 28, 2021 4:05 PM EST

Questionable for TNF

Daniels (hamstring) is questionable for this week's matchup with the Packers on Thursday Night Football, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Daniels was a limited participant in practice on Tuesday before being estimated as limited at Wednesday's walkthrough. He is likely going to be a game-time decision and if the tight end can't go, Demetrius Harris would operate as the primary back up behind Zach Ertz at the position.

Oct 27, 2021 6:42 PM EST

Limited again Tuesday

Daniels (hamstring) was a limited participant during Tuesday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Daniels didn't practice at all last week and was inactive for the Cardinals' Week 7 win over the Texans, so it is a positive sign to see him back at practice, even if it is in a limited fashion. Arizona faces Green Bay on Sunday, so Daniels will have one more shot Wednesday to log a full practice. If he is unable to suit up again Thursday, Demetrius Harris will likely operate as the backup to recently acquired Zach Ertz.

Oct 26, 2021 2:23 PM EST

Listed as limited Monday

Daniels (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's practice estimate, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Daniels missed last week's win over Houston due to this injury and will have a short week to recover with Arizona facing the Packers on Thursday, but this limited designation is a step in the right direction after he failed to practice at all last week. If he's able to return Thursday, Daniels will likely work as the top backup to Zach Ertz.

Oct 25, 2021 1:31 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 7

Daniels (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Texans, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Daniels didn't practice at all this week, so his status for Sunday comes as no surprise. The 26-year-old tight end was expected to see an increase in playing time with Max Williams (knee) on injured reserve, but he only played 23 snaps and drew just one target before exiting Week 6 with a hamstring injury. Recently acquired Zach Ertz will likely command the majority of the tight end snaps, with Demetrius Harris operating as the backup.

Oct 22, 2021 1:39 PM EST

Idle for second straight practice

Daniels (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday and wasn't on the field for Thursday's session, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: With Daniels beginning Week 7 prep with consecutive absences at practice, he's trending in the wrong direction for Sunday's game against the Texans. Daniels appeared headed for a bigger opportunity after top tight end Maxx Williams (knee) was placed on injured reserve ahead of the Cardinals' Week 6 win over the Browns, but the 26-year-old played just 23 snaps and drew one target before exiting with the hamstring injury. Arizona has since acquired Zach Ertz from Philadelphia to take over as the No. 1 option at the position, so Daniels will be headed for a backup role if he can overcome his hamstring injury ahead of Sunday's contest.

Oct 21, 2021 8:41 AM EST

Nursing hamstring injury

Daniels exited Sunday's game against the Browns with a hamstring injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Daniels failed to catch his lone target before the injury was announced during the third quarter. Demetrius Harris and Ross Travis are Arizona's remaining healthy options at tight end since Zach Ertz wasn't eligible to suit up since he already played Thursday before being acquired from Philadelphia.

Oct 17, 2021 3:12 PM EST

Clear for Week 6

Daniels (illness) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game at Cleveland, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: After a near week-long stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Daniels cleared league protocols and was brought back to the active roster Tuesday. No matter, the Cardinals capped his reps in the first two practices of Week 6 prep before allowing him to handle all of them Friday. Daniels thus will be available for the first time since Week 4, only this time he'll be the team's top tight end in the wake of Maxx Williams' likely season-ending knee injury. Arizona did swing a deal for Zach Ertz on Friday, but because he played Thursday against the Buccaneers, he isn't eligible to play until Week 7 against the Texans. Until then, Daniels, Demetrius Harris and practice squad member Ross Travis will handle TE duties for the Cards.

Oct 15, 2021 1:58 PM EST

Remains limited participant

Daniels (illness) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Following a positive COVID-19 test last week, Daniels has since cleared all of the NFL's intensive protocols, but the Cardinals have still elected to ease the tight end back into the fold with a pair of limited practices to kick off Week 6 prep. Assuming Daniels is deemed fit to play this weekend against the Browns, he'll likely step into a larger role than he saw prior to missing last week's win over the 49ers. With top tight end Maxx Williams (knee) heading to season-ending injured reserve Wednesday, Daniels and Demetrius Harris appear set to split work at the position for the foreseeable future.

Oct 14, 2021 1:40 PM EST

Limited Wednesday

Daniels (illness) was limited at practice Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: While Daniels was sidelined this past Sunday due to a bout with COVID-19, Maxx Williams, the Cardinals' No. 1 tight end, sustained a major injury to his left knee in that contest that forced him to injured reserve. After Arizona activated Daniels from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, he's suddenly the top tight end on the team, with Demetrius Harris behind him on the depth chart and Ross Travis on the practice squad. Daniels has just 12 catches for 122 yards and one touchdown in 50 career games, but merely getting to work with Kyler Murray could result in some utility at some point this season.

Oct 13, 2021 3:25 PM EST

Back from COVID-19 list

The Cardinals reinstated Daniels (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Analysis: Daniels was sidelined for the Cardinals' Week 5 win over the 49ers after testing positive for the virus last Wednesday. Since he was vaccinated, Daniels was eligible to rejoin the Cardinals in less than 10 days after testing negative for the virus twice at least 24 hours apart. Before missing last week's contest, Daniels had been serving as the team's No. 2 tight end, but he could enjoy a long-term stay atop the depth chart beginning with Sunday's game in Cleveland. Maxx Williams exited the Cardinals' Week 5 loss with a knee injury that the team fears may be a season-ending ACL tear. Even if that's the case, Daniels likely wouldn't be much more than a tertiary option in the passing game, with the Cardinals instead relying on him mostly as a blocker.

Oct 12, 2021 1:26 PM EST

Tests positive for COVID-19

Daniels was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday after testing positive for the virus, Howard Balzer of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Daniels will now be unavailable until he clears the health and safety protocols, which will require two negative COVID-19 tests 24 hours apart while not exhibiting any symptoms. Demetrius Harris should see more playing time behind starting tight end Maxx Williams while Daniels is sidelined.

Oct 6, 2021 9:17 PM EST

Full participant in practice

Daniels (toe) was a full participant in practice Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against Tennessee, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Daniels returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list in mid-August but was limited in practice due to a toe injury Wednesday and Thursday. However, the 26-year-old will be able to suit up in Sunday's season opener as he prepares to compete for snaps alongside Maxx Williams.

Sep 10, 2021 7:04 PM EST

Returns from COVID list

The Cardinals activated Daniels (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Daniels spent less than a week clearing the league's COVID-19 protocols. He will resume operating alongside Maxx Williams as one of the Cardinals' top tight ends. Given the timing of his return, Daniels will have plenty of time to ramp up his workload before Friday's exhibition contest against the Chiefs.

Aug 16, 2021 12:08 PM EST

Moves to COVID list

The Cardinals placed Daniels (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Daniels and three other Cardinals are considered high-risk close contacts, hence the reason for this move. When he gets back on the field, he's the only Arizona tight end aside from starter Maxx Williams with experience in coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense. Last season, Daniels earned a 32.3 percent share of the offensive snaps en route to an 8-92-1 line on 11 targets in 12 games. Both his workload and number of targets could increase with Dan Arnold moving on to the Panthers this offseason.

Aug 12, 2021 8:22 PM EST

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