Kliff Kingsbury: J.J. Watt’s work ethic in rehab has been “awe-inspiring”

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Cardinals defensive lineman J.J. Watt has been activated to return from injured reserve, and although that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to play in a game, he’s already getting credit for how far he’s come.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Watt has done an incredible job rehabbing from tearing his bicep, labrum, and rotator cuff in October.

“He’s done all he can do in the training room and weight room. So we’ll get him back out there, work him through some things,” Kingsbury said, via ESPN. “But he’s attacked that rehab just like you’d assume he would. Nobody’s seen anybody go at it quite like he has over the past couple months. It’s been awe inspiring to watch him every day and it’s always good to have him back on the field.”

Cardinals G.M. Steve Keim had similar comments.

“To have that kind of injury setback, really disappointing for all of us, but not once did J.J. show signs of feeling sorry for himself,” Keim said on 98.7 Arizona Sports. “In fact, now, I look at how fast he has healed, how hard he has worked, and the time I’ve been doing this, you look at your roster and there is 52 players and then there is J.J. Watt. He is different. And he is different in every way.”

If Watt can play, and play at 100 percent, in the postseason, that would go a long way toward getting the Cardinals to the Super Bowl.

17 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury: J.J. Watt’s work ethic in rehab has been “awe-inspiring”

  1. His uncanny ability to endure a season ending injury on an annuall calendar deserves a spot in the HOF.

    They can even have a motivational introduction featuring his “REHAB SKILL”

  2. Awful lot of ifs and Maybes involved in this story. The biggest “IF” being if this guy can actually play for 4 straight games?

  3. This guy needs to just become a free agent and sign with a playoff-bound team in week 18 for every season from here on out.

  4. 16 tackles and 1 sack through all of 7 games. There are rotational players in the Cards who are better.

  5. Getting JJ Watt back and that defense back to 100% is HUGE for the Cardinals as healthy that defense is one of the leagues best and nasty to face. With the pressure they can force up front between JJ Watt Watt, Zac Allen who’s developed into a force himself and Jordan Phillips w/ one of the best outside pass rushing duos in the league they’re gonna be a defense no one wants to play come January. Hopefully they can continue forcing turnovers into the playoffs.

  6. Christopher Allan says:
    January 8, 2022 at 11:09 am
    16 tackles and 1 sack through all of 7 games. There are rotational players in the Cards who are better.

    You do realize realize QB Pressures, QB Hits, TKFL, pass rush win rate all matter to right ??? All stats Watt led or was near the top of when he got hurt. O he also has a PFF Rush grade in the mid 80s, but let’s not let the facts get in the way.

  7. Not a Cardinals fan, and I look forward to them maybe coming to Tampa in the playoffs. But JJ Watt is a class act!

  8. Combine him with Dalvin Cook, and you’d have a player who could play an entire season!

  9. Of course his rehab work ethic is excellent, he’s had years upon years to perfect that craft.

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