LB - PIT
Week 12 Outlook
T.J. Watt told reporters on Friday that he plans to play in the Steelers' Week 10 game against the Saints on Sunday.
Watt is set to return from a pectoral injury that forced him out of the last seven games. It is possible he will be on a snap count while he regains his conditioning, but his presence on the field represents a major boon to the Pittsburgh defense. The 2021 DPOY will look forward to teeing off on noodle-armed and molasses-legged Andy Dalton in the Week 10 affair.
T.J. Watt (knee) could possibly return to the Steelers' defense for Sunday's game against the Saints.
Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin stated Tuesday that he was optimistic regarding Watt returning to action this Sunday. Last season's defensive player of the year has not been on the field for a game since Week 1. Watt has been in full pads at practice this so far this week.
T.J. Watt, who is already dealing with a pectoral injury, received an arthroscopic knee surgery that will cause him to miss some additional time.
Watt, the reigning defensive player of the year, is now expected to be out until mid-November. The engine of the Steelers' defense being sidelined affects the way the unit performs week in and week out, and as one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL, his presence will be missed.
The Steelers place T.J. Watt (pec) on injured reserve Thursday.
The Steelers expect Watt to return this season as the pec injury he suffered in Week 1 will not require surgery. The star pass rusher will now miss at least the next four games. Although the Steelers defense as a whole played well in Week 1, losing their primary pass rusher is going to be a big blow and will definitely impact their sack totals. The Steelers DST should be downgraded until Watt is able to return.
T.J. Watt will miss Pittsburgh's Week 2 game against New England with a pectoral muscle injury.
Mike Tomlin did not comment on the length of Watt's absence beyond Week 2, but it remains encouraging that he will not require surgery for his injury. With the Patriots, Browns, and Jets on the docket, fantasy managers can still be confident rolling with the Steelers' defense after its dominating performance against Cincinnati. In IDP leagues, Watt is a stash, given his elite nature and expected return this season.
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