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J.J. Watt to undergo potentially season-ending surgery for shoulder injury

We break down the news that J.J. Watt is out for Week 8 and likely longer.

Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) forces Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills (10) to throw the ball away in the first half at State Farm Stadium. Rob Schumacher/The Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK

Update: According to Adam Schefter, Watt is set to undergo potentially season-ending surgery for his shoulder injury. The defensive end was already ruled out for Week 8, but could miss the rest of the year as well. The Cardinals have one of the league’s best defenses when it comes to forcing turnovers and Watt has helped in that regard. It’s a shame he’ll have to sit on the sidelines in what could be a special season for Arizona.

The Arizona Cardinals will be without J.J. Watt on Thursday Night Football due to a shoulder injury, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Watt has been playing well for the Cardinals this season and his absence will be a big loss for their defense and a help to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense. But, the good news for the Cardinals is that Chandler Jones has been taken off of the COVID-19/reserve list and will play. He should help make up for Watt’s abesence, as he has five sacks on the season.

Unfortunately for the Packers, they also have a big name out, as wide receiver Davante Adams won’t play after being placed on the COVID-19/reserve list, along with receiver Allen Lazard.

Fantasy football implications

Watt’s absence should help the Packers fantasy players in this one, but Jones and the absence of Adams and Lazard likely cancel each other out to an extent.