Report: T.J. Watt could return in about six weeks with no surgery

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Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt signaled he’ll return to the field sooner than later with his Terminator “I’ll be back” tweet on Tuesday.

And head coach Mike Tomlin said in his Tuesday press conference that Pittsburgh is “probably in a lot better place than we were after the game” when it comes to Watt’s outlook for the rest of the season.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport has shed some light on why that is. According to Rapoport, though Watt suffered a torn pectoral muscle, he did not tear the tendon. That’s why Watt could return with about six weeks of rehab and no surgery.

With that timeline, Watt is a candidate for injured reserve to free up a roster spot. Going on IR requires a four-week stint. But teams are able to bring back up to eight players from the list over the course of the season.

Watt had three tackles for loss, a sack, and an interception during the Steelers’ Week One win over the Bengals. He suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter.

27 responses to “Report: T.J. Watt could return in about six weeks with no surgery

  1. It doesn’t matter when he returns, because he’s exactly like his brother. He’s injury prone, and will miss significant time each and every year, so get used to seeing him on the injury report Steelers fans

  2. I didn’t realize it was Dr Bozo. Steelers are not going to rush him…not the Ravens or Pats we are talking about here.

  3. Watt’s 65.5 career sacks are the most by a linebacker over his first 72 career regular-season games in NFL history — and the most by a Steelers player in his first five seasons. For someone whose missed a lot of games that’s pretty good. A lot of hate. Probably all the browns fans who say Garrett is better too

  4. They team that plays starters during the preseason will have less injuries during the season and start 5-0. These players are going from 0 to 100. Makes no sense.

  5. Hurry up and get him back so he can carry on the Watt tradition of spending more time healing than actually playing.

  6. Watt’s 65.5 career sacks are the most by a linebacker over his first 72 career regular-season games in NFL history
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    The sack stat wasn’t even recorded until 1982. Sam Huff had double that his first 72 games.

  7. It’s likely that he tore the muscle belly instead of tearing the pec tendon off the bone. When the tendon ruptures, it’s still called a pec tear but it requires surgery 100% of the time.

    Muscle belly tears can be rehabbed. It’s similar to “pulling a muscle,” which is just a synonym for a muscle belly tear. They still have different degrees of severity.

    One other thing – it is very rare for natural athletes (aka no steroids) to tear their pec muscle. It has a much higher incidence amongst “untested” athletes (often taking PEDs).

    Source: former powerlifter.

  8. I love the Watt cheerleaders who carry on like this guy is irreplaceable. …Please…He’s not a game changer, and teams aren’t losing sleep over their game planning even when he’s fully healthy

  9. cjmcfootball says:
    September 13, 2022 at 6:10 pm
    So I guess Minkah will have to win DPOY this season.

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    My guess is “minkah” will look worse without TJ Watt doubled on every down. lol

  10. Guessing about Minkah looks like someone is worried their crappy team has to play the Steelers next. Fear makes fools of the weak.

  11. What have either of the Watt brothers ever won?
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    Ah, a new fan of the NFL!!

    TJ Watt won the Defensive Player Of The Year award for 2021.

  12. bozobiden says:
    September 13, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    I love the Watt cheerleaders who carry on like this guy is irreplaceable. …Please…He’s not a game changer, and teams aren’t losing sleep over their game planning even when he’s fully healthy

    You are right, every team has a couple of players as good or better.

    This is why you are a bozo

  13. If they can get Pinkett into the lineup this team will win the AFC and the Super Bowl. Mitch is better suited as a backup.

  14. I cheered for the Bengals all game but was still very sorry to see the injury to JJ Watt. He played extremely well all game but what a disappointing end to his day. I wish him a speedy recovery.

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