The Pittsburgh outside linebacker was injured in the home loss to the Raiders and will miss the game against the Bengals.
PITTSBURGH – Outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh steelers, Tj watt, has been discarded for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced Saturday.
Watt the groin in the first half of the Week 2 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders and did not return in the second half.
“I think it was a kink here or there and then I tried to push him,” he said. Watt this Friday, describing the origin of the injury. “You just have to try to be smart at the end of the day. It’s a long season.”
Watt, who has three sacks and two forced fumbles this season, participated in limited practice all week and appeared questionable on the injury report Friday.
“This is not playing children’s American football,” he said. Watt. “This is playing against guys who do this for a living, so you have to try to be smart. At the same time, know your body more than anything. I felt like I did a lot this week to leave the door open for Sunday.”
However, the Steelers They closed that door this Saturday.
With Watt and fellow outside linebacker Alex Highsmith (groin) out, Melvin Ingram and former undrafted free agent Jamir Jones are poised for bigger participation. Jones, a Notre Dame graduate who initially signed with the Houston Texans in April 2020, impressed in training camp and played 15 defensive plays last week.
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“Jamir has been a spark since he got here,” he said. Watt. “I think you’ve seen him throughout the preseason, whether he’s on special teams or playing outside linebacker, he’s been able to give a change of pace for us as outside linebacker, he plays really well against the run and his pressure on the quarterback is he’s developing, too. Progress continues to be seen in him. I’m excited to see what he can bring. “