Cardinals designate J.J. Watt to return from IR

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The comeback is getting closer. After tearing almost everything in his shoulder in Week 7 against the Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt is nearing his return to the field.

The team announced Friday he has been designated to return from injured reserve, which allows him to practice with the team again.

He can be restored to the active roster anytime in the next 21 days. Since he will have only practiced once this week, don’t count on him being activated for the game on Sunday, but it is possible that he is able to play in the Cardinals’ first playoff game in the wild card round next week.

Watt’s original timeline for recovery was four to six months. If he plays in the wild card game, it will have been about two months.

The Cardinals also announced that cornerback Kevin Peterson was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster as a COVID-19 replacement, while practice squad safety Javon Hagan was activated from the practice squad COVID list.

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