Texans veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola is expected to miss two to three weeks due to a hamstring injury, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.
Amendola got hurt Sunday during a road loss to the Cleveland Browns and left the game.
The Woodlands graduate and former Texas Tech standout has six receptions for 43 yards and one touchdown in two games since signing a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
Anthony Miller, acquired in a trade from the Chicago Bears and sidelined for the first two games of the regular season after recovering from a dislocated shoulder suffered in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, will be active against the Panthers.
"I'm expecting him to come out and have a good game," Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly said of Miller. "He's fast. He's explosive. He's strong. He plays with an edge. He's a guy that we're looking forward to getting out there and hopefully he can go out there and perform the way that we hope he's going to because he does some really good stuff when we're out on that practice field."
Traded to the Texans along with a 2022 seventh-round draft pick in exchange for a 2022 fifth-round draft pick the day before players reported to training camp, Miller is entering the final year of his four-year, $5.353 million rookie contract that includes a $1.21 million base salary this season.
Miller was linked to multiple trade rumors throughout the offseason after catching 134 career passes for 1,564 yards and 11 touchdowns during his time with the Bears before being traded to the Texans.
After catching seven touchdowns as a rookie, Miller combined for just four touchdowns over the past two seasons.
Rookie wide receiver Nico Collins is out three to four weeks with a shoulder injury suffered against the Browns, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.
The Texans are expected to promote at least one wide receiver from the practice squad and are considering Jordan Veasy and Chris Moore.
Aaron Wilson has covered the NFL for 20 seasons, including the Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has previously written for The Houston Chronicle and The Baltimore Sun. He’s on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL and Instagram: @aaronwilson7128.