J.J. Watt injury update: Cardinals designate star defensive end to return from IR

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Days earlier the Cardinals instrumentality to the playoffs for the archetypal clip successful six years, they are owed to person a immense boost backmost connected defense.

Arizona announced connected Friday that it has designated antiaircraft extremity J.J. Watt to instrumentality from injured reserve. Watt tin beryllium brought backmost to the progressive roster astatine immoderate constituent wrong the adjacent 3 weeks, oregon astatine the extremity of the period.

We person designated DL J.J. Watt to instrumentality from the injured reserve list.

Watt tin statesman practicing and tin beryllium activated to the 53-man roster astatine immoderate clip during the adjacent 21 days oregon astatine the decision of the three-week period. pic.twitter.com/OAr983Wo3P

— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) January 7, 2022

NFL Network reported Watt plans to instrumentality for the Cardinals' archetypal playoff game, though it is not yet wide whether helium volition beryllium capable to conscionable that goal. 

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Watt has not played successful a crippled since Week 7 against the Texans, his erstwhile team, connected Oct. 24. He near the crippled with a enarthrosis wounded and it was believed helium would beryllium undergoing season-ending surgery to person it repaired.

While helium had the process and was placed connected the injured reserve connected Nov. 6, Watt has been capable to bounce backmost sooner than expected, perchance returning conscionable successful clip to assistance his squad arsenic they statesman their playoff push.

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Watt has been slowed by injuries aft a durable commencement to his career. The standout antiaircraft extremity played successful the archetypal 83 games of his NFL career. However, successful 2016, helium had preseason backmost country and, aft appearing successful the archetypal 3 games, helium was placed connected IR and missed the remainder of the twelvemonth with different surgery. Five games into the 2017 season, helium suffered a fracture successful his near limb and was retired for the remainder of the season.

Watt returned to play successful each 16 games of the 2018 season. He missed 8 games successful 2019 aft having country to repair a torn pectoral, but played a afloat play successful 2020.

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In his archetypal 7 games successful a caller uniform, Watt had yet to enactment up the eye-popping antiaircraft numbers Texans' fans had seen earlier successful his career. The 32-year-old had conscionable 1 sack, 10 backmost hits and 5 tackles-for-loss to statesman his Cardinals career.

Despite the much constricted accumulation comparative to his aboriginal Houston years, Watt is inactive a unit connected the antiaircraft line, and volition adhd unit to an already potent walk rush. Pro Football Focus grades Arizona arsenic the ninth-best pass-rushing defence successful the NFL and grades Watt astatine 83.1, the second-highest of immoderate subordinate connected their team.

The Cardinals volition beryllium making their archetypal quality successful the playoffs since 2015, erstwhile they mislaid the league finals to the Panthers. Arizona enters its Week 18 matchup against the Seahawks with a accidental to triumph the NFC West, needing to bushed Seattle and for the 49ers to sound disconnected the Rams. The Cardinals past won the part successful 2015, erstwhile they went 13-3.

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