The Pittsburgh Steelers recorded a massive win over their rivals the Cincinnati Bengals in a nail biting thriller. The Steelers gave it their all, and such a performance took a significant toll on their players’ health. Specifically, T.J. Watt is the perfect example.
Watt left the game in the fourth quarter after attempting to sack Burrow unsuccessfully, and the Steelers icon appeared to be in unbearable pain. Initially, it looked like he might have torn his pectoral muscle, and a pectoral injury might have cost him the whole season. Watt departed the field and was heard muttering, “It’s torn” as he made his way to the sidelines.
“There is some optimism in Pittsburgh for T.J. Watt,” Jones stated. “I know that lip readers saw him say he tore his pec Sunday, but that may not have been right. He’s going to seek some other opinions. No doubt he will be out at least a month. Look for Malik Reed to take his snaps opposite Alex Highsmith at the outside linebacker position.”
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However, if you are a Steeler’s fan don’t lose your hope yet, because Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the “gloom” around Watt’s injury has subsided. The Steelers won’t know whether Watt will require surgery or not until the full diagnosis comes out tomorrow, but there is some hope that he averted a full tear.
Rapoport claims that Watt might have surgery or rehabilitation for his injuries before making a four-to six-week comeback. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. According to our insider sources, before deciding whether to continue playing this season, Watt will examine his pec for a second and third time.
Who will replace T.J. Watt?
In his absence, Malik Reed will step up for him, and he isn’t new to the starting job either. He participated in 46 games, starting 34 of them, during the course of his three seasons with the Denver Broncos. “It’s always tough,” Reed said on Watt’s injury. “You never want to see a guy, especially of his caliber, who’s been a Defensive Player of the Year, a great player year in and year out, go down that way.”