Arizona Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt was ruled out of the team’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens after testing positive for COVID-19. Watt joked about what may have caused it.
There were three preseason games scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 21, one of them being the Arizona Cardinals taking on the Baltimore Ravens. Just before the start of the game, the Cardinals announced that defensive end JJ Watt was ruled out for the game after he tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, the Cardinals announced that Watt would not travel with the team for their final preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Shortly after the announcement, Watt took to Twitter, joking that “the snake brought it in the house.”
JJ Watt blames snake for positive COVID test
Those who follow Watt on Twitter know about “the snake.”
Back on Aug. 13, Watt revealed that he had found a baby rattlesnake in his bathroom, and asked what he should do. The former three-time Defensive Player of the Year then posted a video detailing his experience, saying that he did not know what to do, considering he was told that baby rattlesnakes are the most venomous. Watt called a guy, who arrived at his house, and picked up the snake with his barehands. Watt was told that it was not a rattlesnake, it was a long nose snake.
In his first year with the Cardinals, Watt was limited to just seven regular-season games after he dislocated his shoulder and tore his bicep, labrum, and rotator cuff in Week 7 . He made his return for Arizona’s Wild Card game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Watt recorded 16 total tackles, 10 quarterback hits, two defended passes, one sack, and one forced fumble in the 2021 regular-season.
With Watt out for the rest of the preseason, the next time he will play in a game will be Arizona’s season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.