It looks like JJ Watt will have to spend the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury. The cardinal will undergo surgery on Pass-Rasa’s shoulder which is likely to end his season, according to ESPN Adam Shefter.
Watt suffered a shoulder injury during Sunday’s win against the Texans, but it was hoped the veteran would miss only a few weeks, not months. Instead, Watt’s impending surgery will likely push him away for the rest of the 2021 campaign. According to the NFL Network Ian Report, The recovery time is expected to take at least three months, which will bring us late in the post season. That A little Watt leaves the door open for a return (especially considering his past ability to recover quickly), but no one should hang a hat in that scene. According to Shifter, the surgery is not scheduled yet.
Watt’s tenure with the Texans ended this offseason, and he went on to sign a two-year, $ 28M deal with the Cardinals. So far, that investment has been valuable to the team, as Watt has played a key role in leading Arizona to a 7-0 record and top-five defense. Through seven games, the 32-year-old has collected 16 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, five tackles for loss and 10 QB hits. Despite his injury, he was able to finish Sunday’s win, but he was limited to a season-low 30 snaps on defense.
Injuries have consistently become a problem for the best of all time. Injuries from 2016 and ’17 disrupted Watt’s stratospheric momentum, and although the three-time defensive player of the year returned to an all-pro level in 2018, the former Texan superstar also missed a part of the 2019 season. Since 2016, Watt has missed a total of 32 regular-season games and we will be able to pencil 10 more missed games for 2021.
While there really isn’t a silver lining, at least the Cardinals can rest a bit easier knowing they’ll get some reinforcements to their defensive line this week. There will be Arizona Chandler Jones on the field after spending the last two weeks on their reserve / COVID-19 list.