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Cardinals’ J.J. Watt shut down for the rest of the 2021 season

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Defensive end J.J. Watt was one of the top acquisitions by the Arizona Cardinals this past offseason. He is now lost for the rest of the 2021 NFL season.

This news comes less than 24 hours before the Cardinals host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football. He’ll now be in street clothes for the game.

J.J. Watt amped up during a portrait (Photo by J.J. Watt/Instagram)

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Watt suffered the injury on Sunday against his former team, the Houston Texans. Earlier this year, Watt requested and received his release from the Texans.

Watt signed a two-year, $28 million deal with the Cardinals. The contract has void years in 2023, 2024, and 2025 to spread the $7.2 million dead cap hit.

He was injured in the second quarter against the Texans. Despite getting the win, he managed to play through the pain.

Watt has started all seven games for the Cardinals. He has 16 tackles, including five tackles for a loss and 10 quarterback hits.

He also had 1.0 sacks, one forced fumble, and two pass deflections.

Watt — who has one of the highest sack totals in NFL history — had one of the lowest sack totals this season in his career. It’s one of his worst sack totals in four years.

In 2017, in just five games, he did not register a sack. One year earlier, in 2016, he had 1.5 sacks in three games.

Watt is tied with his teammate Chandler Jones, who have 102.0 sacks in their careers. They’re tied for 51st on the all-time sack list.

While the team suffered a loss with losing Watt, the Cardinals welcomed back Jones this week. He had been on the COVID-19 list.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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