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The outlook for the rest of the 2021 NFL season was looking bleak for former all-pro defensive lineman J.J Watt, but it appears that he has made a huge step in a possible return for the Arizona Cardinals playoff run.

It was announced this morning that Watt has been designated to return from the Injured Reserve list in a shocking move that could greatly help the Cardinals down the stretch.

It was believed that Watt was going to be done for the season after tearing his labrum, bicep, and rotator cuff in the Cardinals Week 7 matchup against the Houston Texans.

While it’s not official that he will be active for the playoffs, this is a huge step in a potential return for Watt. Ian Rapoport has reported that Watt plans to return to the field for the Cardinals’ first playoff game.

Many were shocked to hear that Watt could be ready to go as soon as the first playoff game for the Arizona Cardinals.

Watt is no stranger to making heroic returns in his career when he was counted out. Watt returned for the Houston Texans playoff game in 2019 after a torn pectoral when he was not expected to be ready until the 2020 season.

“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,’ ” Watt said on his original injury diagnosis of a 4-6 month recovery date. “But instead I said, ‘Nah, I’m not going to accept that.’ ”

The Cardinals currently sit at the number 5 seed in the NFC, and it is guaranteed that they will be playing in Wild Card weekend, so they could certainly use Watt going forward.

[Ian Rapoport]

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.