TJ Watt suffers another injury and is out of game against Vikings

Watt did not return for the third quarter of the game at Minnesota

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive player TJ Watt was out of the game against the Minnesota Vikings with a groin injury.

Later, during the third inning, another linebacker, Alex Highsmith, was also unable to return to the field due to a knee injury.

Watt suffered the injury during the first half and was initially hesitant to return. Steelers lost 28-36 at Minnesota.

In Sunday’s close win against the Ravens, Watt had 3.5 sacks, but against the Vikings, he had only one hit to the quarterback and one assisted tackle. Watt leads the league with 16 sacks.

Watt lost games earlier this season due to an early groin injury against the Las Vegas Raiders, and he missed the Bengals game in Week 3 due to the injury. He also missed the game against the Los Angeles Chargers with a knee and hip injury, but returned a week later.

They are sensitive casualties for Mike Tomlin heading into the end of the season. Steelers fight for a playoff spot. The team entered Week 14 as third in the AFC North, a hotly contested division and Pittsburgh still has to play the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens at the close of the season.

They will first have to face the Titans and Chiefs and without two important pieces on defense, it will be doubly difficult to beat two of the strongest organizations in the AFC.