T.J. Watt won't be out for the season as initially feared, yet he'll be on the sidelines for a bit. The Steelers announced Thursday that they have placed Watt on injured reserve, as he'll be out several weeks with a pectoral injury -- which was initially thought to be torn.
Instead of requiring surgery and being out for the season, Watt will miss a minimum of four games -- a big victory for the Steelers considering they could have lost their star pass rusher for the year. Watt finished with two pressures, a sack, and an interception through three quarters of the Steelers' season-opening victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Watt's 0.94 sacks-per-game average is the highest in league history, as he and Reggie White are the only players to have 13-plus sacks in four consecutive seasons (has 73 sacks in 78 career games). Only White (nine), Bruce Smith (seven) and Kevin Greene (six) have more 13-plus sack seasons than Watt -- whose four 13-plus sacks in his first five seasons are tied with White for the most in NFL history.
The Steelers defense had a dominant performance Sunday, finishing with five takeaways (one by Watt), seven sacks (one by Watt), 15 pressures (two by Watt), and four interceptions. They'll have to make up for the loss of Watt for several weeks, but are expected to get him back for the second half of the year.
A good alternative all things considered.