Steelers optimistic T.J. Watt will return this season, without needing surgery


The prognosis for T.J. Watt seems to be getting better by the hour.

Although Watt is still awaiting more details, it is anticipated that his Sunday pectoral injury won’t require surgery and won’t cause the end of his season, according to NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

According to Report, there is hope that Watt will return in “six weeks or so.”

Watt’s timeline suggests that he will most certainly go on injured reserve, but the Steelers have not yet made this roster adjustment. According to new rules that the NFL and NFL Players Association agreed upon in May, if Watt is placed on injured reserve, he will need to miss four games before being allowed to make a comeback.

The Steelers started the day Monday worrying about their top edge rusher and his pectoral injury, but as the day gave way to night, the mood changed. Thanks to Watt’s decision to seek a second opinion and more information about his condition, Pittsburgh has cause for optimism rather than preparing for the confirmation of a torn pectoral.

In Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the Bengals in overtime, Watt was hurt in the last second of regulation. He was grimacing as he was escorted to the locker room for more assessment.

The Steelers will view it as a big victory even if Watt misses the next month if the second opinion directs him toward a road of recovery and rehabilitation rather than season-ending surgery. Compared to the other option, it is considered superior.

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