Cardinals' J.J. Watt Unlikely to Suit Up in Season Opener


Sep 11, 2022

The Arizona Cardinals kick off the 2022 season against the Kansas City Chiefs, but they’ll do so without one of their starting defensive ends. Adam Schefter tweeted that although listed as questionable, J.J. Watt is unlikely to suit up for the season opener due to a lingering calf injury.

Injuries limited Watt’s participation in 2021, with the three-time Defensive Player of the Year appearing in just seven games for the Cardinals. Consequently, Watt’s metrics took a hit, with the 33-year-old recording just 16 tackles, 1.0 sacks, two pass deflections, and a forced fumble. 

Michael Dogbe sits second on the Cardinals’ depth chart and should start in Watt’s absence. Dogbe has appeared in 27 games for Arizona, making one start with 33 tackles and 2.0 sacks.

The Cardinals open the season as home underdogs, currently priced at +6.5 for their non-conference matchup, per the line info from FanDuel Sportsbook. Additionally, the total is set at 53.5, with the over bought up to -112.

Thumbnail photo via Rob Schumacher/The Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK

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