PITTSBURGH — Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt was limited in practice on Thursday and his status for Monday night’s game against the Miami Dolphins remains in question.
Watt, who suffered an abdominal injury late in the team’s Week 6 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, participated but did not practice in pads on Thursday.
The Steelers have two more practice sessions before Monday’s game, and the team is still hopeful that Watt will be able to dress against the Dolphins.
“I hope so,” defensive coordinator Keith Butler said on Thursday. “We haven’t had him in pads yet. I’ve had that injury before. It’s usually a pretty quick healer, for the most part. But still, you’re wrestling with 320-pound men. It’s still a significant injury. … It’s not a fun injury, but knowing him, he’ll want to play against this team.”
While Watt was a limited participant, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was held out of practice with an illness.
Otherwise, the Steelers are relatively healthy. Wide receiver James Washington (shoulder), cornerbacks Steve Nelson (groin), Joe Haden (groin) and Mike Hilton (calf), linebacker Mark Barron (hamstring), fullback Roosevelt Nix (knee) and running back Jaylen Samuels (knee) were all full participants on Thursday.