Report: ‘Optimism’ TJ Watt Will Miss Only Month With Hamstring Injury – Steelers Depot

Report: 'Optimism' TJ Watt Will Miss Only Month With Hamstring Injury - Steelers Depot

following yesterday’s report from Pro Football Talk over the Pittsburgh Steelers’ “hope” TJ Watt didn’t suffer a fully torn hamstring Sunday, CBS’s Jonathan Jones says similarly. He tweeted that there is “optimism” that Watt’s injury is only a partial tear and could only miss about a month of action.

Watt is set to undergo an MRI on Monday, although I imagine that has already happened and the initial results from Pittsburgh have been received. Although the team has not announced anything, this report indicates that the information the team is receiving is encouraging. Watt suffered the injury to his left chest late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win over the Bengals, immediately leaving the field and heading to the locker room. Before the injury, he was his typical dominant self, recording a sack, a pass deflection, and an interception against the Bengals.

Even if this report were true, Watt would likely still land on injured reserve but he could be back in four weeks. Malik Reed will be next man up until Watt returns.

As we noted yesterday, take everything with a grain of salt until there’s an official, confirmed report, but it’s looking better and better that Watt will suit up this season. And maybe sooner than initially anticipated.

Update (13:26): According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Steelers may not have an official timeline on Watt’s injury until tomorrow. Watt will likely seek a second opinion and he notes the team is weighing rehab versus surgery.

Here is the full text of what he said.

“Yes, it’s a chest injury. TJ Watt having an MRI today to determine the extent of it. My understanding is that we may not get firm information on the injury to TJ Watt, how long he is out and what the next step is until tomorrow. He will get a second opinion, probably a few different doctors will review the scans.

“And the reason, and this is my understanding of the situation right now, is that Watt and the Steelers are still trying to figure out if he needs surgery that would knock him out at least until the end of the season, or if he can? rehab and come back in a few weeks ?Both of those options are on the table. There’s a possibility he doesn’t need surgery right away, which would be great. That would mean it’s more of a sin strain than a full-on tear, but more information will probably come in the next 24 hours.”

And here’s what he had to say about Harris’ foot injury suffered yesterday.

“This is related, as I understand it, to the Lisfranc sprain he had early in camp. Tweaked that a little bit. At the moment, it doesn’t seem to matter. That’s the general feeling. But he had an MRI this morning, still getting more tests to determine; is there something else here or is it just a minor re-aggravation of a previous injury?”

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