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Steelers believe defending star TJ Watt suffered a torn chest in win vs. Bengals

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Steelers believe defending star TJ Watt suffered a torn chest in win vs. Bengals, as the reigning Defensive Player of the Year faces a WHOLE SEASON on the sidelines

  • TJ Watt left the game in the fourth quarter with an obvious chest injury
  • And now the Steelers reportedly believe he was right in his assessment
  • Watt had 22.5 sacks last season and would be a huge loss for the team

The Pittsburgh Steelers fear the worst for pass-rusher TJ Watt, as they believe he sustained a torn pectoral muscle during their week 1 win against the Bengals, according to ESPN.

Watt left the field injured in the fourth quarter, and appeared to utter the words ‘I tore my pecs’ as he walked away.

The injury apparently happened when he fought with Bengals offensive lineman La’el Collins.

TJ Watt could be sidelined for a long time after his last apparent injury

The 27-year-old is the reigning defensive player of the year, finishing last season with an astonishing 22.5 sacks, and his absence would be a huge loss for Pittsburgh.

“The fact that TJ is there certainly benefits us. He’s a leader,” teammate Cameron Heyward told reporters.

“He is the defensive player of the year. However long it takes, other guys have to “get up.”

Watt appeared to hurt himself after pushing away Bengals' tackle La'el Collins (#71)

Watt appeared to hurt himself after pushing away Bengals’ tackle La’el Collins (#71)

Watt is scheduled to undergo scans on Monday, and if they confirm the team’s fears, he will face a long stint on the sidelines.

Former NFL pass rushers Elvis Dumervil and Mario Williams were among those to have previously suffered a torn chest, and both subsequently missed their respective seasons (Williams played five games in 2011 before missing the remainder of the season).

However, if there’s any source of optimism for Watt’s recovery time, it might be found in his older brother.

Brother JJ, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year currently playing with the Cardinals, suffered a torn pectoral muscle in 2019 and returned just over two months later for two Texas playoff games.

And according to Dr. David Chao, formerly the chief physician of the Chargers, is the… full recovery timeline for a ruptured chest is usually three to four months, so it is possible that Watt will come back late this season.

Either way, the Steelers will be sweating the results of his scans, as the talisman could miss much of the season for their defense (at best).

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