PITTSBURGH — Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt suffered a groin injury in the first half of the team’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Heinz Field on Saturday. Watt missed the final defensive drive of the second quarter while being checked out by Steelers athletic trainer John Norwig, and remained on the sideline without his helmet.
After first announcing him as questionable to return, after halftime, the Steelers announced that Watt had been downgraded to out and will not return to the game.
Watt had four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble before his injury.
With Watt out, Melvin Ingram was elevated to a starting role across from Alex Highsmith, with Jamir Jones joining the rotation as a backup.
Watt missed all of the team portions of training camp practice and the entire 2021 preseason while holding out for a contract extension with the Steelers.
He is one of a number of defensive injuries for the Steelers on Sunday. Defensive tackle Carlos Davis, linebacker Devin Bush and cornerback Joe Haden were all scratched from the game with injuries and defensive lineman Tyson Alualu left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury.