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T.J. Watt placed on I.R., out at least 4 weeks

We break down news that T.J. Watt has a pectoral injury. What it means for Week 2 and beyond.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt (90) reacts after making a tackle in the backfield for a loss against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 15 update: Watt will miss at least four weeks as he heals from his pectoral injury.


Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt injured his pectoral muscle against the Bengals on Sunday. The initial fear was of a fully torn pectoral muscle, but there is some optimism that it is partially torn, per CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones. That diagnosis would still keep him out for a “month or so,” put is better than if it is fully torn.

Watt should be getting an MRI today, so hopefully, we’ll know more sooner than later. The Steelers top defender was on point before getting injured, as he helped the Steelers pull off the upset in Cincinnati. He had a sack and an interception, as he and the defense helped hide the Steelers offensive woes.

Watt has dealt with multiple groin pulls in his career, along with short term knee and hip injuries, but has been able to return from them quickly. This injury will likely keep him out longer than he’s had to miss in the past.