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J.J. Watt - Injury History

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# Defensive End

87 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 12
Experience: 10 Yr(s)
Age: 32
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 290
40 Time: 4.81

Injury Predictor Injury Predictor

High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2021


% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game


1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2021




Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

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Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Aug 2, 2012 NFL Arm Elbow Dislocation Watt dislocated his left elbow in a training camp practice. He also said he tore "all the ligaments" in the joint. He missed all preseason games but played the regular season and playoffs in an elbow brace.
Jul 20, 2016 NFL Back Vertebral Disc Hernia Watt had July surgery for a herniated disc in his back. He started the regular season on time but played just 3 games before needing another surgery and landing on IR.
Dec 9, 2015 NFL Hand Metacarpal Fracture Watt broke his left hand in a Wednesday practice but missed no time.
Nov 29, 2015 NFL Abdomen Muscle Tear Grade 3 Watt had a partially torn right adductor longus, a fully torn left adductor longus and a fully torn left adductor pectineus in his inner thighs and groin, along with partial tears in his left and right abdominals.
Sep 22, 2016 NFL Back Vertebral Disc Hernia Watt admitted to returning too soon from his July back surgery and required a 2nd that knocked him out for the year.
Sep 10, 2017 NFL Hand Finger Dislocation Watt injured his left ring finger.
Sep 14, 2017 NFL Hand Finger Dislocation Watt aggravated his left ring finger. He continued playing through the injury.
Oct 8, 2017 NFL Leg Tibial Plateau Fracture Watt missed the final 11 games on IR. He had surgery on October 9.
Jan 14, 2019 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Watt underwent minor knee surgery to address a knee issue that bothered him throughout the season.
Oct 27, 2019 NFL Chest Pectoral Tear Grade 3 Watt suffered a torn pectoral in Week 8's win over Oakland. He underwent successful surgery to repair his torn left pectoral muscle and missed 8 games

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Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

The Texans might not have been willing to let Deshaun Watson leave yet, but they granted Watt's wish before free agency began. Houston granted the veteran his requested release, allowing Watt to sign a 2-year, $28 million deal with the Cardinals. And $20 million of that was fully guaranteed at signing.

Regardless of what any of us thinks 32-year-old Watt has left for this season, Arizona clearly believes it's enough. There's no denying he displayed some 2020 fall-off, however.

Watt's total pressures fell from 61 in 2019 to 45 last year, according to Pro Football Focus -- despite 190 more pass-rushing opportunities. One season, of course, does not make it a downward trend. But Watt did earn his lowest full-season pass-rushing grade since his rookie year.

A change of scenery should help. He moves from Houston's deteriorating defense -- and team on whole -- to an Arizona D that gets edge-rushing star Chandler Jones back from injury. The Cardinals also sport a pair of 1st-round picks (from the past 2 drafts) at LB. So there's enough surrounding talent to draw some focus.

Keeping Watt in the top 10 after he almost dropped out of it last season, though, is mostly a bet on him. And we wouldn't be surprised to see him outproduce even this ranking.


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The Cardinals on Monday activated DE J.J. Watt off the PUP list. Watt had been easing back in after he hurt a hamstring during the conditioning test at the start of camp. "We wanted to make sure we were really cautious, make sure he felt 100 percent before we got him back out there," HC Kliff Kingsbury said before practice, per ESPN's Josh Weinfuss. Watt added: "We definitely took our time." Barring some setback, expect Watt to be ready for the season.

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The Cardinals placed DE J.J. Watt on the PUP list Wednesday after the veteran experienced hamstring soreness following Tuesday's conditioning test. According to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss, Watt said he doesn't expect to practice Thursday and isn't sure when he'll return to the field. "We're gonna take it very slow and be very smart about it," Watt said. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but there's no reason for panic at this point.

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DE J.J. Watt is signing with the Cardinals, he reports. Multiple other reports say it's a 2-year deal worth $31 million, with $23 million of that guaranteed. (So it sounds like a pact he's likely to complete.) Watt will join an Arizona defense that jumped from 20th in Football Outsiders DVOA in 2019 to 10th last season. The Cardinals also tied for 10th among fantasy defenses, by ESPN scoring. Watt looked past his prime last season but should still upgrade an unspectacular D-line and enhance a Chandler Jones-led pass rush.

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The Texans are releasing DE J.J. Watt, according to multiple reports. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Watt asked the team to release him, marking yet another star player looking to get out of Houston. Watt has clearly slipped from the dominant form of his early seasons, but he remains a productive player and should find plenty of potential suitors. We'll see where the veteran lands -- and the size of his next contract -- before projecting his IDP outlook for 2021 and beyond.

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Texans DE J.J. Watt will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday's win over the Raiders. Watt confirmed the season-ending injury via Twitter on Sunday night. Losing him can only hurt a Houston defense that had already proved disappointing for fantasy.

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