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Arizona Cardinals announce All-Pro DE J.J. Watt is designated to return from injured reserve

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J.J. Watt is set for a comeback this season.

The Arizona Cardinals announced Friday that their veteran All-Pro defensive end has been designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list.

Watt can start practicing and the team can activate him to its 53-man roster at any time during the next 21 days or at the conclusion of the three-week period.

Watt was placed on the IR on Nov. 6 after he suffered a shoulder injury in Arizona's home win against his former team, the Houston Texans, on Oct. 24.

Coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters on Friday that Watt won't play in their final regular season game hosting the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks this Sunday. Therefore, he will be ready for the playoffs and designating him for return is procedural.

Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates a tackle against the Houston Texans.
Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates a tackle against the Houston Texans.

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"He's done all that he can do in the training facility, in the weight room and then some," Kingsbury said. "He's attacked that rehab just like you assumed he would. Nobody's ever seen anybody go at it quite like he has over the last couple months."

Watt totaled 16 tackles, including five for loss, and one forced fumble during the Cardinals' undefeated 7-0 run this year before he was injured.

Since he has been sidelined for their past nine games, Watt has been frequently seen at Cardinals' open media portions of their practices doing individual drills to rehabilitate himself, including Thursday.

"J.J.'s been in here working hard the entire time, so we'd love to have him back," Cardinals nose tackle Corey Peters said on Thursday. "I'm not really sure on where he is as far as his return to play, but obviously having a guy like J.J. Watt in our room, on the field would be a big bonus for us."

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Cardinals' J.J. Watt designated to return from injured reserve