Cardinals fans have been waiting for the first time to see one of the important additions to the team during the offseason. It may come soon.
Defensive end JJ Watt is expected to return to training on Monday. He told ESPN’s Lisa Salters during the preseason game between the Cardinals and the Chiefs on Friday night.
Watt has been on the Physically Impossible (PUP) list while recovering from a hamstring injury at the beginning of the training camp in July.
“I’m fine. I’m all fine,” Watt told Salters.
In the past few years, injuries have plagued Pro Bowl wingers. After participating in all 16 regular season games in each of his first five NFL seasons, Watt has only played two full seasons in the past five years. Last year, he played all 16 games for the Texans, with 52 tackles, 5 sacks, 14 missed tackles, 2 forced turnovers and one interception.
Watt demanded his release from the Texans in February. More than a month later, he signed with the Cardinals. After being selected by the Texans with the 11th overall pick in 2011, he played for the Texans for 10 seasons.
Although Watt will return to the training ground, he still may not appear in the team’s final preseason game against the Saints on August 28. In order to stay healthy before the new 17 regular season games, many top players in the league have been restricted or absent from the preseason. The 32-year-old Watt may have to wait for the Cardinals to play their first game against the Titans on September 12.