The Pitsburgh Steelers think star pass-rusher and reign NFL Defensive Gamer of the Year TJ Watting a torn pectoral throughout Sunday’s 23-20 overtime wins versus the Bengals in Cincinnati, a source informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Watt is arranged to go through scans Monday to verify the medical diagnosis, the source stated.
The Steelers didn’t offer any extra information postgame, with coach Mike Tomlin just stating that Watt was being examined for an upper-body injury.
Both Watt and running back Najee Harris (foot) left with injuries in the 4th quarter and were eliminated.
Harris suffered a foot injury as the Steelers tried to go out the clock, and he hopped off the field. He was handling a Lisfranc sprain in his foot throughout training school, however he stated previously today he was healthy.
Watt came off the field a number of plays later on with his injury and went directly to the locker space.
” Having TJ out there absolutely advantages us. He’s a leader. He’s the Defensive Gamer of the Year,” colleague Cameron Heyward stated. “Nevertheless long it takes, other people got ta action up. Alex (Highsmith) stepped up respectable today. Malik (Reed) and Jamir (Jones) are occurring. We needed to do some various things out there, however we rally around him And when he returns, we’ll be all set.”
After the video game, Harris was spotted using a protective boot as he left the locker space. Beyond the second-year gamer, the Steelers have a fairly thin and unskilled running back space. Novice undrafted totally free representative Jaylen Warren took the bulk of the snaps when Harris decreased, and 2019 fourth-round choice Benny Snell is likewise a choice. He had just 36 brings last season for 98 lawns, however the Kentucky item began in location of James Conner 5 times in 2019 and 2020.
The Steelers likewise have 2020 fourth-round choice Anthony McFarland on the practice team.
The positional depth behind Watt is likewise thin.
Highsmith began every video game at best outdoors linebacker reverse of Watt last season. The Steelers included Reed by means of trade with the Denver Broncos previously this month. He began 13 video games for the Broncos in each of the previous 2 seasons. The group likewise got Jones on waivers, bringing him back to Pittsburgh after he saw action in 3 video games with the Steelers last season.
” Hoping that whatever’s going to be all right,” Highsmith stated of Watt. “I understand a man like him, that’s gon na harm him that he’s not out there since he enjoys football a lot. We’re simply going to rally around him. We have actually got the people to simply have the ability to action in and provide if he’s unable to go.”