The Pittsburgh Steelers survived a wild Week 1 game with the defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals to win on an overtime field goal, but they also suffered a major loss.
TJ Watt, the former Pewaukee High School and University of Wisconsin star who happens to be the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, left late in the contest with what ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. like maybe a tear in the pectoral muscle. Monday’s tests should show the full severity.
TJ’s brother JJ was limited to eight games in 2019 after also suffering a torn pec.
It’s unclear if TJ’s season would be over with this confirmed diagnosis. Last year, TJ tied the NFL record for total sacks in a season with 22 1/2 en route to a lopsided victory as an NFL DPOY.
After: The Watt brothers are gearing up for the 2022 NFL season, and this time TJ is the undisputed headliner in Pittsburgh, but don’t count out JJ in Arizona
Meanwhile, JJ is inactive for the Arizona Cardinals’ Week 1 battle with the Kansas City Chiefs as he nurses a calf injury.
TJ Watt had six tackles, a sack and a bounding interception at the line of scrimmage before he left.
JR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.
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