The Cardinals activated Watt (hamstring) from the PUP list Monday. Watt spent the bulk of training camp working his way back from a hamstring concern, missing Arizona's first two preseason games in the process. As expected, he got on the practice field again Monday, but it now remains to be seen if he'll be cleared to make an appearance in the team's exhibition finale Saturday in New Orleans. If not, the Cardinals' pass rush won't be fully unleashed until Week 1.
Watt (hamstring) plans on returning to practice Monday, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. Watt has been on the PUP list due to a hamstring injury and his timetable to return has not been very clear. However, he informed the ESPN broadcast team during Friday's preseason game against the Chiefs that he plans on returning Monday. The team has not officially removed him from the PUP list, but it appears that will be on the horizon. This is certainly positive news in terms of his chances for suiting up Week 1.
Watt (hamstring) doesn't have a timetable to return to practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. "We know what he can do, whether he takes a snap in (camp) practice or preseason games," coach Kliff Kingsbury said Sunday. "We'll get him to Week 1, allow him to (only) practice that week if that's what it takes, and go from there." And it doesn't appear to be on the horizon, either, if Kingsbury is to be believed. After a six-month span in which he was released by the Texans, subsequently scooped up by the Cardinals and participated in the offseason program, Watt opened training camp on the PUP list with a hamstring issue. There's no telling when he'll get back on the field, but the team seems willing to take it down to the wire with the hope he's a part of the pass-rush unit in the season opener Sunday, Sept. 12 in Tennessee.
The Cardinals placed Watt on the PUP list Wednesday with a hamstring injury, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports. According to Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site, Watt tweaked his hamstring during testing Tuesday, which kept him off the practice field Wednesday. The Cardinals are expected to take things slowly with Watt and his health, with the aim of having him back for Week 1. Consider the pass rusher day-to-day for the time being while he works to get back to full strength.
Watt announced via his official Twitter account Monday that he is signing with the Cardinals. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Watt is signing a two-year deal worth $31 million, with $23 million guaranteed. The 31-year-old defensive end had been linked to numerous teams around the league while a free agent, including the Packers, Bills, Titans and Browns, but he'll instead rejoin former Houston teammate DeAndre Hopkins in the desert. Watt will get an immediate chance to compete in the NFC West with the Cardinals, and lining up opposite Chandler Jones (biceps) will no doubt provide him ample opportunities to cause havoc for opposing quarterbacks without having to face double teams.
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