PITTSBURGH — T.J. Watt‘s outlook for the remainder of the season remains to be up within the air after he sustained a torn pectoral within the Steelers‘ 23-20 extra time victory towards the Bengals.
The reigning Defensive Participant of the Yr will get second and third medical opinions about his torn pec Tuesday, sources advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter. If docs decide that Watt wants surgical procedure, his season doubtless can be over; if he does not want surgical procedure, he might presumably return in six weeks, sources advised Schefter.
The Steelers, in the meantime, acquired excellent news on Najee Harris‘ foot harm Monday. Checks got here again adverse and there’s a perception that he “ought to be good to go” Sunday towards the New England Patriots, a supply advised Schefter.
“I do not know what all the main points are,” defensive lineman Cam Heyward stated of Watt’s standing. “We’ll rally round him, make certain guys step up within the meantime, and at any time when he will get again to us, he’ll simply be prepared. Definitely disheartening, however that is a part of the sport of soccer.”
Watt appeared to maintain the harm when he went to deal with Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow within the ultimate seconds of regulation. He got here off the sector instantly and appeared to inform medical personnel that his pec was torn.
Watt — and his household — have beforehand defied the percentages and overcome accidents on faster-than-usual timelines. His oldest brother, J.J. Watt, tore his pectoral in October 2019 and returned Jan. 4, 2020, for an extra time playoff win when he was with the Houston Texans.
T.J. Watt was within the Steelers’ locker room Monday, however he declined to talk to reporters. He appeared upbeat in his temporary interactions, and he attended a crew assembly.
“He all the time has a very good angle about issues, and that is what makes him a very good chief as properly,” outdoors linebacker Alex Highsmith stated. “Even in dangerous instances, he is all the time making an attempt to make everybody higher round him. I believe by him having that, he is letting folks know that, it will be all proper.”
Harris suffered his foot harm within the fourth quarter because the Steelers tried to expire the clock, and he limped off the sector. He was coping with a Lisfranc sprain in his foot throughout coaching camp, however he stated final week he was wholesome.