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T.J. Watt Leads NFL in Forced Fumbles, Second in Sacks, Despite Missed Game

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Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt has only played in three of the team’s first four games, but that is all he has needed to make his presence felt statistically league-wide.

Watt is tied for the league lead with two forced fumbles on the season, and is also tied for second in the NFL with five sacks.

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett leads the league with six sacks. Watt, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones, Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Javon Hargrave and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter all have five. Watt is tied with nine other players at two forced fumbles. 

A two-time All-Pro, Watt has also recorded three tackles-for-loss and eight hits on the quarterback in 2021. Watt signed a five-year, $112 million contract extension in September, which made him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.

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