Steelers optimistic T.J. Watt will return this season, without needing surgery

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Steelers pass rusher T.J. Watt has received good news in the initial assessments of his torn pectoral.

Watt is likely not going to need surgery and the Steelers are optimistic he can return this season, perhaps in as little as six weeks, according to NFL Network.

That’s great news, as pectoral tears are often season-ending injuries. But Watt’s brother, J.J. Watt, once missed just eight games after tearing his pec during the season, and it appears that T.J. will have a similar timeline.

Watt is the NFL’s reigning defensive player of the year, and any game he misses is a tough break for the Steelers. But he won’t miss as many games as some feared when he exited Sunday’s season opener.

12 responses to “Steelers optimistic T.J. Watt will return this season, without needing surgery

  1. This is worse than a Whinebaugh diagnosis.

    Good grier. Learn to draft and develop. Good lord, these teams are afraid for the next man up.

  2. Pash rushers that combine strength with speed and then have great hands are worth their weight in gold. He may come back but he’ll inevitably lose muscle mass not lifting and may not be the same player later this year.

    Wish him well in his recovery.

  3. clevelandchokes says:
    September 12, 2022 at 11:28 pm
    He’ll just get hurt again.

    Dude is dominating. Shame he’s on the sidelines so much
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    He’s played at least 15 games every year since he’s been in the league.

  4. touchback6 says:
    September 12, 2022 at 10:08 pm
    This is worse than a Whinebaugh diagnosis.

    Good grier. Learn to draft and develop. Good lord, these teams are afraid for the next man up.
    ——-
    Or strike gold once on a 6th round draft pick and you will be marked as a genius for life.

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