The loss of a regular teammate created a chance for Watt to share the field with someone else he knows well, however. The Steelers announced that linebacker T.J. Watt will be filling Clowney’s spot on the roster, which leaves Chargers fullback Derek as the only Watt brother in the NFL that won’t be playing in Orlando on January 27.
Watt led the Steelers and finished tied for seventh in the league with 13 sacks in his second professional season. He also had 68 tackles and six forced fumbles.
Six other Steelers were elected to the initial AFC roster. Wide receiver Antonio Brown and guard David DeCastro have pulled out of the game with wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster taking his teammate’s place. Running back James Conner, defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, center Maurkice Pouncey and tackle Alejandro Villanueva round out the group.