Cardinals designate J.J. Watt to return from injured reserve
The Cardinals now have one of their defensive stars back, announcing on Friday that they have designated J.J. Watt to return from injured reserve.
We have designated DL J.J. Watt to return from the injured reserve list.
Watt can begin practicing and can be activated to the 53-man roster at any time during the next 21 days or at the conclusion of the three-week period. pic.twitter.com/OAr983Wo3P
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) January 7, 2022
The defensive end can be activated to the 53-man roster anytime in the next three weeks. NFL Network reported Watt tore his labrum, bicep, and rotator cuff in addition to dislocating his shoulder in October against Houston and reportedly underwent surgery, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Cardinals’ DE J.J. Watt will undergo what is now likely to be season-ending shoulder surgery, sources tell ESPN. No date set yet for surgery.
Watt hurt his shoulder in the second quarter Sunday and still managed to play the rest of the game with the injury. pic.twitter.com/Y2pzFV8sFQ
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2021
At the time, it was expected to be season-ending.
This is Watt’s first season with the Cardinals after spending the previous decade with Houston. The 32-year-old is a three-time winner of the Defensive Player of the Year Award and has five first-team All-Pro selections. In seven games this season, Watt recorded 16 tackles and one sack with two passes defended and a forced fumble.