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Steelers FB Derek Watt Leaves Game with Possible Concussion

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CINCINNATI — Steelers fullback Derek Watt left the game while being evaluated for a possible concussion after taking a hard hit in the first quarter of the team’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night.

Watt was making a tackle while covering a punt when his head and neck impacted the left leg of Bengals punt returner Alex Erickson.

Watt fell flat to the playing surface at Paul Brown Stadium and did not move for several moments, with his teammates taking a knee around him while the trainers attended to the 28-year-old in his fifth professional season.


Steelers trainers and his teammates were able to help Watt to his feet, and after further examination in the medical tent on the Pittsburgh sideline, he walked to the Steelers locker room under his own power.

The team announced that he is being evaluated for a possible concussion. He was first listed as questionable to return before being downgraded to out.

When Watt was injured earlier in the season, defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux filled in at fullback.

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