Cardinals' Watt to play against Panthers after midweek heart procedure

Arizona Cardinals defensive linesman J.J. Watt said he would play against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday after undergoing a heart procedure.

Watt spoke out ahead of his team's game to reveal he had to have his heart shocked back into rhythm after lapsing into atrial fibrillation on Wednesday.

The former Houston Texans man said he was disclosing the news because the information had been leaked.

"I was just told somebody leaked some personal information about me and it’s going to be reported on today," Watt wrote on Twitter.

"I went into A-Fib on Wednesday, had my heart shocked back into rhythm on Thursday and I'm playing today. That's it."

A three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year during his time in Texas, Watt is in his second season with the Cardinals.