Report: T.J. Watt out ‘6 weeks or so’ with pec injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The good news keeps trickling in for T.J. Watt and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
After suffering a pectoral injury in the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ Week 1 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the “belief” is that Watt won’t need surgery on Monday.
Watt confirmed on Tuesday that he would be returning for the 2022 NFL season and that the injury was a partial tear, something that will not require season-ending surgery.
If the current belief proves true, Watt is expected to miss "six weeks or so" after it was initially feared that he would miss the entire season.
#Steelers reigning defensive player of the year TJ Watt is still waiting on more information, but the belief is his pectoral injury will not require surgery and is not season-ending, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. He could be back in six weeks or so. pic.twitter.com/jf4JTyutJf
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 13, 2022
Watt is coming off a sensational year in which he tied the NFL’s single-season sack record. He didn’t miss a beat to start 2022, picking up six tackles, a sack and an interception against the Bengals before his day came to an end.
Next up for the Steelers is their home opener against the New England Patriots on Sunday. If Rapoport’s injury timeline is accurate, Watt could return around Week 7 when Pittsburgh visits the Miami Dolphins on Sunday Night Football.