J.J. Watt says he's playing 4 days after atrial fibrillation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt says he had his heart shocked into rhythm after going into atrial fibrillation this week, and he still plans to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year tweeted Sunday, "I was just told somebody leaked some personal information about me and it's going to be reported on today. I went into A-Fib on Wednesday, had my heart shocked back into rhythm on Thursday and I'm playing today. That's it."

The Cardinals reported Watt did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday and was limited on Friday. He was listed as questionable due to a calf injury and an illness.

The 33-year-old Watt is a five-time All-Pro and the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year.

Atrial fibrillation is defined as a "an irregular and often very rapid heart rhythm that can lead to blood clots in the heart," according to the Mayo Clinic. That can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications if not properly addressed.

Watt is returning quickly from a health scare as the league faces critcism for the handling of concussed Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa over the past week.

The NFL Players Association on Saturday fired the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant who cleared Tagovailoa to play after he slammed his head on the turf and stumbled trying to walk it off, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person confirmed the firing on condition of anonymity because a joint review by the NFL and its players' union into Tagovailoa's quick return to that game is ongoing.

Watt had missed the first game of the year with his calf injury but has played in the last two games. He has Arizona's only two sacks this season.

Watt has 104 sacks during his NFL career.


More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL


More Related News

Tua Tagovailoa leads all players in Pro Bowl voting
Tua Tagovailoa leads all players in Pro Bowl voting

In another indication of how much Tua Tagovailoa has taken off as an NFL superstar this season, he is the No. 1 player in the league in fan voting for the Pro Bowl. Tagovailoa, the third-year Dolphins quarterback, has 138,390 fan votes, the most of any player in the NFL. In addition to Tagovailoa, the [more]

Latest update on Chiefs players in Pro Bowl Games fan voting
Latest update on Chiefs players in Pro Bowl Games fan voting

#Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is no longer the AFC's leader in Pro Bowl Games fan voting, but LB Nick Bolton surged ahead of #Ravens LB Roquan Smith.

Every NFL team
Every NFL team's starting and backup quarterback in 2022

Here's a look at the starting and backup quarterbacks for every team for the 2022 NFL season.

Report: Purdue
Report: Purdue's Jeff Brohm hired as Louisville's next head football coach

Jeff Brohm, who played for Louisville, will return as the school's next football coach. Brohm spent the past six seasons at Purdue.

NFL Expert Picks Predictions Odds Week 14
NFL Expert Picks Predictions Odds Week 14

NFL Expert Picks and Predictions for Week 14 including Dolphins at Chargers, Eagles at Giants, Vikings at Lions, Jets at Bills

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Latin America