Cardinals activate J.J. Watt ahead of wild card game vs. Rams

Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 17-10. (Darryl Webb/AP)

The Arizona Cardinals have activated defensive lineman J.J. Watt from the injured reserve in time for Monday night's wild card playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Watt, who is a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year award winner, sustained a shoulder injury on Oct. 24 and was expected to miss the remainder of the season.

The 32-year-old joined Arizona as a free agent this season after spending the first decade of his career with the Houston Texans.

Watt recorded five tackles for a loss plus one sack in seven games prior to the injury.

Arizona finished the regular season with an 11-6 record to finish fifth in the NFC and visit the No. 4 seed Rams (12-5).

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