Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt does not have a major injury and could return to the field this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Watt suffered a groin injury in the first half of the Steelers loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday and did not return. Head coach Mike Tomlin did not have a specific update on his diagnosis or prognosis after the game.
Rapoport said that Watt does not have a serious injury and that he could suit up Sunday.
#Steelers LB TJ Watt, knocked out with a groin injury, has a chance to play this Sunday, I’m told. A good sign that — regardless of if he plays or not — it’s not a major injury.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 20, 2021
Watt sat out most of training camp and all of the preseason while negotiating a record-setting contract extension with the team and had just a few days of practice leading up to the opener against the Buffalo Bills.
Against Buffalo, Watt had three tackles, two sacks, a tackle for a loss and five quarterback hits. He had four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble against the Raiders in just 16 snaps before his injury.
Watt was replaced by moving Melvin Ingram from the swing backup role to the starting left outside linebacker. Jamir Jones replaced Ingram.