Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt looks on from the sideline during the first half of the preseason game against the Chiefs at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on August 20, 2021.

Cardinals Preseason

Cardinals activate J.J. Watt from PUP list

The Arizona Cardinals activated defensive end J.J. Watt and linebacker Dennis Gardeck from the physically unable to perform list Monday.

Watt had been on the PUP list since before training camp with a hamstring issue. The Cardinals signed Watt to a two-year deal in March after he asked for and received his release from the Houston Texans in February.

Gardeck, 27, is returning from an ACL tear suffered late last season.

The team also activated wide receiver Andy Isabella off the reserve/COVID-19 list. He was placed on the list Aug. 11.

To make room on the roster, the team also announced the release of tight end Ian Bunting and wide receiver Rico Gafford, and waived/failed physical of defensive back Luq Barcoo.

Watt was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year on three occasions during his 10 seasons in Houston. He was also a first-team All-Pro five times and won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2017 after raising more than $37 million for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Watt played in 128 games with the Texans, despite losing chunks of three seasons to injuries. He played in just three games in 2016, five in 2017 and eight in 2019.

–Field Level Media