The Steelers will be without T.J. Watt against the Buffalo Bills after he suffered a grade 2 MCL sprain.
He was seen wearing a sleeve on his left leg but did not have a brace on and was walking on his own power without crutches. Still, that does not mean that he is ready to play, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport believes his best-case scenario is missing just two weeks.
Of course, the Steelers would have to win two playoff games, on the road, as big underdogs to get Watt back into the fold, but Monday’s news at least gives hope of a potential return.
Watt’s brother, former NFL star and CBS Sports analyst J.J. Watt, reported on Sunday that Watt does not need surgery and that he would be able to recover after a few weeks of rest, but did not say whether or not Watt could return to action this season.
Of course, brother J.J. has been subject to much speculation about playing for the Steelers, and he drew on that on Tuesday, teasing a potential return to the football field to play for the Steelers on a short week’s rest.
think they’d notice? pic.twitter.com/25E4aUfJKv
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 9, 2024
Of course, that is not going to happen. But this is the humor that J.J. has always seen in this situation. As for T.J., nothing will replace him, even his own brother. T.J. ended up as the NFL’s sack king for the third time in his career, the only player ever to do that. He is also only the second player ever, along with J.J., to have multiple seasons with 19 or more sacks.