After putting J.J. Watt in injured reserve after shoulder surgery in October, the Arizona Cardinals officially put Watt back on injured reserve. However, it isn’t certain that the former Defensive Players of the Year will be on the field Monday’s postseason game against the L.A. Rams.
Watt said Wednesday that he would make the decision “as we get closer” to reporters.
The 32-year old suffered torn labrum and biceps, rotator wrist cuff, and separated shoulder which caused him to miss most of the season.
Before deciding whether Watt will be able to return for the postseason, The Cardinals want Watt to respond to practice on Thursday.
He stated, “I’m looking forward (to getting out) on the practice fields and seeing how it all goes.”
Watt was initially considered unlikely to make it to the postseason. But he has worked hard to make it happen for the Cards. Watt said he wouldn’t return unless it was possible to fully contribute.
He said, “I’m still not doing all the work and I’m also not trying to return in half of the time for no reason.” “I’m here for one reason, and that is to achieve the ultimate goal (of a Super Bowl).
Watt’s potential return would be a huge boon for the Cardinals’ defense. Watt produced 25 QB pressures between Weeks 1-7 (T-14th NFL, according to Next Gen Stats), and eight stuffs (T-6th NFL, per NGS).