Reports: Cardinals’ Marquise Brown, J.J. Watt expected to play vs. Panthers
The Arizona Cardinals had a lengthy list of questionable players on Friday’s injury report, but defensive end J.J. Watt and wide receivers Marquise Brown and Rondale Moore are expected to suit up Sunday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.
#AZCardinals WRs Marquise “Hollywood” Brown (foot) and WR Rondale Moore (hamstring) and DL JJ Watt (calf) are all expected to play, sources say.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 2, 2022
Watt missed the 2022 season opener but played the past two weeks. The veteran is nursing a calf issue, and he was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday due to illness before participating in limited fashion on Friday.
He got ahead of any reports on his condition Sunday morning on Twitter:
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.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 2, 2022
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often very rapid heart rhythm that can lead to complications like clotting, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Moore is set to make his season debut against the Carolina Panthers after missing the first three games with a hamstring issue. He has missed six straight regular season games dating back to last year.
Brown has played in each game this year but was limited Friday with a foot injury.
The Cardinals’ receiver group will include Moore, Brown, Greg Dortch, Andre Baccellia and Andy Isabella in Carolina. A.J. Green is out with a bone bruise.
Other questionable players were kicker Matt Prater, center Rodney Hudson and inside linebacker Zaven Collins.
On the other side, Carolina star running back Christian McCaffrey is likely to play after dealing with a thigh issue this week, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Panthers, though, reportedly want to see him warm up before making a final call.
McCaffrey has punished the Cardinals in the past, rushing for 95 yards on 13 carries with 66 receiving yards last season at State Farm Stadium.
The Cardinals and Panthers kick off at 1:05 p.m. Tune in on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.