T.J. Watt Avoided Torn Pec Tendon, Could Be Back In Six Weeks

According to Ian Rapoport, Steelers OLB T.J. Watt received some good news and his pectoral muscle is not as bad as was initially feared. 

T.J. Watt

Watt did not tear the muscle tendon from the bone, which would have required surgery and ended his 2022 season. Instead, Watt suffered a tear in the muscle, which will need about six weeks of rehab. 

That means Watt should return sometime in the second half of the season after a stint on injured reserve, which the reigning Defensive Player of the Year acknowledged on social media. 

Watt, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Steelers back in 2017. He played out his four-year, $9.258 million contract and made a base salary of $1.72 million in 2020.

Pittsburgh exercised Watt’s fifth-year option last offseason for $10.089 million in 2021. He then signed a four-year extension worth over $112 million with the Steelers that included $80 million fully guaranteed at signing.

The Steelers recently restructured his deal in order to create $6.75 million in cap space.

In 2021, Watt appeared in 15 games for the Steelers and recorded 64 tackles, 22.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three recoveries, and seven pass deflections.

In Week 1, Watt recorded six total tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and two pass deflections. 

We’ll have more on Watt as the news is available. 

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