Season-ending injuries be damned, Arizona Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt is not losing to injury and is working hard to get back to playing this season.
Watt revealed as much in his recent interview with Houston teenager Maanav Gupta in his show Maanav's Sports Talk. When asked about the shoulder injury he sustained against the Houston Texans in Week 7, the veteran DE admitted that all the medical experts he consulted deemed it as season-ending.
However, he refused to accept the diagnosis and timeline for his recovery as he looked for a way to get back to the field as fast as possible.
“I tear everything in my shoulder against the Texans in October,” Watt said, per the Cardinals' website. “My first reaction is, “Damn, I'm on a team that's 7-0, we're finally looking like we have a great team and have an opportunity to do something special and now I blow my shoulder out. Dang, all this work for nothing, and now I'm done.'
“They tell me I'm done, I have to get surgery and it's going to take four to six months. I'm sitting there and I can easily pout and easily say, ‘Woe is me, four-to-six months, I'll do what I have to do.' But instead I said, ‘Nah, I'm not going to accept that.'”
It is still unknown if JJ Watt will be able to return to the Cardinals this season, but he did hint earlier this month that it's a possibility.
On Twitter, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year referenced an Albert Einstein quote to share that he is attempting the “impossible”–which is assumed to be his shoulder injury that, as mentioned, was initially expected as season-ending.
Furthermore, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury also shared at the time that he won't be writing off Watt's return this season. After all, he himself knows his star DE's work ethic very well.
“You can’t count him out. He’s a machine, and he’s been working like crazy. I’m never up here when he’s not up here doing some sort of rehab. And today, he was out there on the field running. So, you never know with him,” Kingsbury shared.
The Cardinals have three games left on the season, and while it might be difficult for Watt to return in time for their final matches, it could still be possible he plays in the postseason.