J.J. Watt Suffers Season Ending Shoulder Injury, OutKick’s Dr. Chao Explains When It Happened

Cardinals edge rusher J.J. Watt suffered a serious shoulder injury in Sunday’s 31-5 victory over the Texans, but much speculation on when the injury occurred has been unknown.

OutKick’s ProFootballDoc (Dr. Chao) broke down the film to see where Watt was injured and now has a diagnosis. Per Dr. Chao, Watt suffered a dislocated shoulder in the second quarter. Watt kept playing through the third quarter, but did not play in the fourth.

Chao noted that Watt chased Houston quarterback Davis Mills out of the pocket on a play and while diving to attempt to tackle him, he landed hard on his left shoulder. On the next play, Watt was able to land a big hit on Mills, celebrating like nothing was wrong with him. Watt was then seen on the sideline flexing his arm, before showing signs his shoulder was affecting him while on the field.

“It appears he dislocated his shoulder, tried to continue to play heroically, did not finish the game,” Chao said. “Undoubtedly has a labral tear in that left shoulder, and the word is from ESPN and Adam Schefter that he’s likely to have surgery.”

Chao said that Watt had a new brace on his shoulder while he was standing on the sideline throughout the fourth quarter, signaling that he was injured pretty bad.

Watt is indeed expected to miss the rest of the season, a tough blow to the 7-0 Cardinals.

Written by Nick Geddes

Nick Geddes is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. A life-long sports enthusiast, Nick shares a passion for sports writing and is proud to represent OutKick.

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