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Steelers fear TJ Watt tore his pec in Week 1 vs. Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers LB TJ Watt suffered a pec injury in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season. Here are the latest updates.

T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the Detroit Lions at Acrisure Stadium on August 28, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Update: Watt will get an MRI tomorrow, but the fear is that he tore his pectoral muscle.

Update: Watt has been ruled out for the remainder of the game, per ESPN’s Brooke Pryor.

The Pittsburgh Steelers fear linebacker TJ Watt suffered a serious pec injury against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Watt and the defense played a hell of a game on Sunday. They forced the game into overtime after picking off Joe Burrow four times and repeatedly sacking him. Late in the fourth quarter, the Bengals were driving to tie the game. During one of the plays Watt suffered his injury and immediately left the field. The hope is obviously it isn’t torn, but if it is, Watt will be sidelined for multiple weeks and may even go on IR.

The Steelers defense will have to carry its offense throughout the season. Watt is the anchor of this defense, and it is impossible to replicate his performance on the line. Offensive lines have to always adjust to where Watt is, and without him, the Steelers' defense goes from one of the league’s best to above average.