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Steelers Believe T.J. Watt Suffered Torn Pec



T.J. Watt

The Pittsburgh Steelers may have come out of their Week 1 tilt against the Cincinnati Bengals with an upset victory, but the win came at a cost as they believe that superstar pass-rusher and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt suffered a torn pectoral during the game.

According to ESPN’s Brooke Pryor, Watt is scheduled to undergo scans Monday to confirm the diagnosis, and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that Watt was being evaluated for an upper-body injury.

“Having TJ out there definitely benefits us. He’s a leader. He’s the Defensive Player of the Year,” Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward said. “However long it takes, other guys gotta step up. Alex (Highsmith) stepped up pretty good today. Malik (Reed) and Jamir (Jones) are coming along. We had to do some different stuff out there, but we rally around him. And when he gets back, we’ll be ready.”

Watt wasn’t the only player that was hurt, as running back Najee Harris left the game due to a foot injury in the fourth quarter. Harris, who was dealing with a Lisfranc sprain in his foot during training camp. was spotted wearing a protective boot as he left the locker room.

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.