The Green Bay Packers will not be the only team without an All-Pro player Thursday night in Arizona.
The Cardinals have ruled out J.J. Watt, a defensive lineman, for Week 8 against Packers because of a shoulder injury. He was unable to practice Tuesday, and was considered non-participant in walk-throughs Monday and Wednesday.
While the Packers will not have All-Pros Za’Darius Smith and Jaire Alexander (IR), and aren’t expected to have All Pros David Bakhtiari and Davante Adam (COVID -19),), the Cardinals will be shorthanded on the defensive side.
Through seven games, Watt has one tackle, 11 touchdown hits, and 28 totalpressures over 341 all snaps. Pro Football Focus reports that he is the Cardinals’ leader in total pressures, and the defense’s second-highest passer-rushing grade.
Not having Watt available could make a difference for the Cardinals in trying to press Aaron Rodgers, the reigning MVP. He has been a great player from clean pockets this season. With Allen Lazard and Adams both expected to be absent, Watt will need every bit of time he can.
The Cardinals also listed All Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins as questionable and center Max Garcia, as questionable.
The Packers listed Preston Smith, starting cornerback, and Preston Smith, starting edge rusher as questionable. Dennis Kelly is also doubtful.