INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The Arizona Cardinals triggered protective lineman J.J. Watt off hurt reserve on Monday afternoon, simply hours prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in the last NFC wild-card video game of the weekend.
It was the next official action for Watt to play Monday night, finishing another quick healing from a significant injury. Watt suffered a shoulder injury on Oct. 24, and after having surgical treatment on Nov. 3 was informed he’d be out 4 to 6 months. He went back to the field simply 13 weeks after suffering the injury.
Watt’s last action to taking the field Monday came 90 minutes prior to the video game when he wasn’t amongst the non-active gamers noted by the Cardinals. Watt went back to action when the Cardinals’ defense took the field in the very first quarter.
Watt had actually teased the concept that he would return Monday night through different social networks posts. On Friday, protective planner Vance Joseph informed press reporters: “Don’t be surprised if he’s ready to go.”
Watt’s return was invited by the Cardinals. They were 7-0 with him however 4-6 without him. Their defense led the NFL in scoring defense and had the leading protective effectiveness with Watt on the field, according to ESPN Stats & Information research study.
Since Watt’s injury, the Cardinals’ defense permitted an NFL-worst 61 Total QBR because Week 8 and created pressure at the third-lowest rate in the league because period, doing so on 23% of opposing QB dropbacks, per ESPN Stats & Information research study.
Watt may be the response to slowing the Cardinals’ current skid; they lost 4 of their last 5. “No doubt it would give us a boost,” coach Kliff Kingsbury has actually stated of getting Watt back.
Watt, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, remains in his very first season with the Cardinals after 10 seasons with the Houston Texans. He has one sack this season and 102 in his profession.