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REPORT – Steelers Remain Optimistic That TJ Watt Only Has A Partial Tear Of His Pec Ahead Of MRI

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REPORT – Steelers Remain Optimistic That TJ Watt Only Has A Partial Tear Of His Pec Ahead Of MRI

In the midst of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ impressive Week 1 win, the team suffered several key injuries. None was bigger than TJ Watt, as he got injured after a dominating start to the game. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year injured his pec, which have ended the seasons of Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt in past seasons. Initial reports, including from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, seemed as if it was basically a foregone conclusion that Watt fully tore his pectoral muscle.

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That would all but end his season, with a small chance of him returning at the tail end. Now, the reports seem to be a little bit more encouraging. Jonathan Jones, lead insider on NFL on CBS, provided an update on the injury:

This would be a huge sigh of relief for the Steelers. Najee Harris suffered an injury in Sunday’s win as well, but there’s optimism for his outlook now as well. The diagnosis on Watt will likely be announced on Monday, and it solely depends on the severity of the tear of his pec. If it’s a partial tear like Jones reported, he wouldn’t miss the full season.

Just released on Twitter, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network gave an update on Watt, and Harris.

Watt will still miss time though, so Malik Reed and Jamir Jones will be expected to step up in a big way. This comes as huge news though, as losing Watt for the season would be a crushing blow to the stout defense and pass rush. He made his presence felt against the Cincinnati Bengals, as he racked up a sack, interception, two pass deflections, and three tackles for loss.

Steelers edge rusher, Malik Reed

Steelers newcomer Malik Reed in black and gold for one of the first times after being traded to Pittsburgh | Credit: Matt Freed / Post-Gazette

Should the Steelers still pursue an OLB if Watt only misses a month? What should the black and gold’s record be over the next month? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and be sure to interact with our social media!


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