2021 South Side Questions: How Much Time Might T.J. Watt Miss?

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2021 season is underway, and they are hoping for a better outcome in comparison to last season. After starting out 11-0, they finished the year 1-4 in the regular season, and then lost in the Wildcard Round to the Cleveland Browns, ignited by a 0-28 first quarter.

They have lost a large number of key players in the offseason, like Maurkice Pouncey, Bud Dupree, Alejandro Villanueva, David DeCastro, Mike Hilton, and Steven Nelson, but they’ve also made significant additions as the months have gone on, notably Trai Turner, Melvin Ingram, Joe Schobert, and Ahkello Witherspoon. They also added Najee Harris, Pat Freiermuth, Kendrick Green, and Dan Moore Jr., all of whom are starting.

There isn’t much left to do but to play the games at this point. Even if they play them poorly. They still have a lot to figure out, though, such as what Matt Canada’s offense is going to look like in any given week, or how the new-look secondary and offensive line is going to play.

These are the sorts of questions among many others that we have been exploring on a daily basis and will continue to do so. Football has become a year-round pastime and there is always a question to be asked. There is rarely a concrete answer, but this is your venue for exploring the topics we present through all their uncertainty.

Question: How much time might T.J. Watt miss?

While the Steelers didn’t lose yesterday, they certainly didn’t win, either, in multiple senses. It’s one thing to fail to record a victory, but to come out of it with more than bumps and bruises is all the more frustrating.

And like it or not, the frustration is even greater when there are injuries to high-profile players, such as star pass rusher T.J. Watt. The fifth-year veteran suffered knee and hip injuries while recording a sack in the second half, leaving the game and not returning.

Though he eventually walked off the field under his own power, and there seemed to be some relief that he avoided season-ending injury, there is still very little that we know about the nature of what happened to him. He is due to have scans done on his injuries so that the team can learn more.

We will then have a better sense of a timetable for return. I’m guessing that he is probably going to miss at least one game, but that’s pure speculation and shouldn’t be taken as having any informational value—which I can’t stress enough.

Considering the only other outside linebackers outside of starter Alex Highsmith are Taco Charlton and Derrek Tuszka, it’s not exactly the greatest situation in the world to be without Watt. He already missed one game this season due to injury (which Highsmith also missed), and we saw how quickly the pass rush should dry up without the appropriate firepower. And that was with a healthy Melvin Ingram playing every snap.

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