T.J. Watt is back from the COVID list, after only five days

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The first negative came on Friday. The second negative came on Saturday.

The Steelers have activated linebacker T.J. Watt from the COVID reserve list, clearing the way for him to play on Sunday against the Ravens.

Watt tested positive on Monday. He’s the first player to make it back after only five days away.

By rule, vaccinated players can return after generating a pair of negative tests at least 24 hours apart.

Given that vaccinated players are tested weekly, it’s possible that Watt first became positive not long after his post-Week 11 weekly test. This demonstrates one of the flaws of the 2021 protocol. Watt quite possibly was in and around players and coaches while shedding virus for several days. He likely played against the Bengals while shedding virus.

Regardless, he’s now negative. Which means that he’ll play on Sunday in a key game against Pittsburgh’s AFC North rivals.

27 responses to “T.J. Watt is back from the COVID list, after only five days

  1. This is dumb,.. if he is vaccinated and asymptomatic.. he shouldn’t have to miss any time. The unvaccinated/at risk .. should be the ones who quarantine.

  2. So he may have given other people the flu. When you actually look and find the correct statistical info on this virus these days you’ll be amazed.

    Get out people, enjoy your life, it won’t wait for you.

    More importantly Watt can now get back to hurting something else. Tremendous brother tandem, awful injury histories.

  3. Glad T.J. is back. Why can’t everyone see the benefits of being vaccinated? People refusing the vaccine are missing out. And stop with the data that says a fully vaccinated person who experiences a breakthrough infection can spread the virus just as much as an unvaccinated. Trust the science and get the shot

  4. How is there a benefit when they keep telling you to take another and NONE of them are effective. Get a brain dude!

  5. “How is there a benefit “? I’d say not being hospitalized and dying is a pretty good benefit!!

  6. elroyjetson says:
    December 4, 2021 at 10:44 am
    Glad T.J. is back. Why can’t everyone see the benefits of being vaccinated? People refusing the vaccine are missing out. And stop with the data that says a fully vaccinated person who experiences a breakthrough infection can spread the virus just as much as an unvaccinated. Trust the science and get the shot
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    Benefitting from bad protocols that are non-sensical.

  7. I don’t believe you can rule out Watt may have been completely ‘asymptomatic’

    The incubation period for Delta can be 4 to 7 or more days, so us Bengal fans are still waiting for potential outcome for particularly the right side of our OL … plus it may shed a little more light on the motivations behind Watt making such a longish typically stiller spectacle of so gratuitously molesting our QB on that interception return …?

  8. Weird.
    So we’re saying that Watt could’ve possibly been spreading it for as much as a week endangering everybody’s lives near and far, yet Aaron Rodgers is the prototypical monster despite the fact he’s been tested at the beginning of every single league day over the past two seasons.
    Ok. Got it now. 😉

  9. The words “likely” and “possibly” are used a lot in articles about covid. Those words don’t seem based in science. But that’s just me I guess.

  10. It’s sad as the Bengals get good their fans turn into whiny babies. You haven’t won dookie yet so relax at this point you contending pretenders. Winning something after 30 years and how many top five picks?

  11. birds of a feather says:
    December 4, 2021 at 10:16 am
    So he may have given other people the flu. When you actually look and find the correct statistical info on this virus these days you’ll be amazed.

    Get out people, enjoy your life, it won’t wait for you.

    More importantly Watt can now get back to hurting something else. Tremendous brother tandem, awful injury histories.

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    Um he’s missed 4 games in 5 years.

  12. VACCINATED Cleveland Brows players were out two to three weeks with so-called COVID.

    Oh my goodness, TJ Watt is out only five days after testing positive with COVID and now is being allowed to play. But it’s a running commentary of comments on this site and other sites from viewers that the Steelers can get away with almost anything and Roger Goodell and the NFL are okay with it, while other other teams especially the Cleveland Browns will pay a penalty for almost anything thing they do!!!
    It will never end after BottleGate!

  13. I second VASteelerFan’s comments re: Bungle fans. It seemed like Burrow wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer after his INT last wk. Could’ve just headed to the sidelines but may have asked to be “gratuitously molested” by sticking around. Seemed like a rookie move.

  14. VACCINATED Cleveland Browns players were out two to three weeks with so-called COVID. Oh my goodness, TJ Watt is out only five days after testing positive with COVID and now is being allowed to play. But it’s a running commentary of comments on this site and other sites from viewers that the Steelers can get away with almost anything and Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL are okay with it, while other other teams especially the Cleveland Browns will pay a penalty for almost anything thing they do!!! It will never end after BottleGate!

  15. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    December 4, 2021 at 11:10 am
    “How is there a benefit “? I’d say not being hospitalized and dying is a pretty good benefit!!

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    Yeah because so many NFL players have died of Covid

  16. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    December 4, 2021 at 11:10 am
    “How is there a benefit “? I’d say not being hospitalized and dying is a pretty good benefit!!

    Amazing that Aaron Rodgers, Amari Cooper, Cam Newtown and not one other unvaccinated player who caught Covid had to be hospitalized or died from the glorified sniffles.

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