T.J. Watt tests negative for COVID on Friday, setting the stage for a potential return on Sunday

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Take heart, Steelers fans. You may have linebacker T.J. Watt for Sunday’s game against the Ravens.

Per multiple sources, Watt tested negative for COVID on Friday. If he generates a second negative test at least 24 hours after today’s test, he will be able to return for Sunday’s game against the Ravens.

Watt originally tested positive on Monday. By rule, a vaccinated player who generates a pair of negative tests at least 24 hours apart can return, with no minimum mandatory absence.

Watt would be the first player to return so quickly from a positive COVID test. Because, however, players are tested once per week, it’s possible that he became positive for the virus not long after generating a negative test the prior week. Thus, he may already be 10 or more days removed from first becoming positive with the virus.

Regardless, he’s one negative test away from playing against the Ravens on Sunday. And that’s very good news for the Steelers. It will be even better news if he tests negative on Saturday.

9 responses to “T.J. Watt tests negative for COVID on Friday, setting the stage for a potential return on Sunday

  1. Steelers will play inspired ball and beat a Baltimore team that hasn’t looked great this year.

  2. PREDICTION:
    This week’s officials will be able to look at a ‘0’ on the play clock and blow a whistle at the same time…and Tucker will not be able to kick a last second field goal.
    Steelers win a close one!

  3. ” it’s possible that (Watt) became positive for the virus not long after generating a negative test the prior week”

    The point is far more Steelers could have been exposed to a potentially contagious Watt last week than would Bengals only during the game. The same scenario playing out again could likewise involve the Ravens this weekend. Under the same set of circumstances it’s possible this wouldn’t be realized until multiple positives show up again on Monday

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