UPDATE: T.J. Watt Placed on IR, Expected to Miss 6 Weeks
NFL Week 2 - UPDATE: The Pittsburgh Steeler shave officially placed T.J. Watt on the injured reserve list with a torn pectoral. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Watt is "likely out" for the next six weeks. This would place his comeback, at the earliest, in Week 8 when Pittsburgh heads to Philadelphia to play the Eagles. However, the Steelers have a bye the following week and may use that week as an extra buffer, meaning Watt would return Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints.
Pittsburgh Steelers fans were able to bring a sigh of relief after one T.J. Watt tweet. There wasn't any text, but in this case, a GIF says a thousand words.
— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) September 13, 2022
T.J. Watt is still waiting on more information regarding his torn pec muscle, but according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Watt has avoided a tendon tear and thus does not need surgery.
"We're probably in a lot better place than we were after the game," Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Tomlin said Tuesday, via ESPN. "... I can definitively say that T.J. won't play this week, but I won't make any commitments beyond that."
"We're encouraged, and we'll just continue to look at the situation and gain opinions and do what's appropriate."
At present, the injury would require six weeks of rehabilitation, allowing Watt to return as early as Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Pittsburgh has a bye the following week, meaning Watt would likely return no later than Week 10 if all goes to plan.
Prior to his injury in the fourth quarter, Watt picked up his Defensive Player of the Year campaign right where he left off. In the 68 snaps he played prior to the injury, Watt racked up six tackles, a sack, three tackles for loss, two passes defended and an interception against the Cincinnati Bengals. Watt's dominant performance helped the Steelers finish fourth in defensive VOA after Week 1.