Pittsburgh Steelers’ Watt Suffers Grade 3 Left MCL Sprain

T.J. Watt with the Steelers in 2019
T.J. Watt with the Steelers in 2019. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI/Shutterstock (12425240j)

The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt is feared to have suffered a Grade 3 left MCL sprain, a source revealed on Saturday. The 29-year-old player landed awkwardly following his second sack in the 17-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday after colliding with a teammate Montravius Adams. While eager to return to the team following the hit, the Steelers ruled Watt out for the remainder of the game.

“Obviously, man, T.J. is a big part of not just our defense but our team,” fellow Steelers linebacker Elandon Roberts commented. “Great leader, great guy, on and off the field. I’m hoping it’s not as bad. … From a standpoint of our team — not just our defense but our team — we definitely don’t want to see T.J. go down.”

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expressed optimism that Watt would not be out for an extended period, adding that he expects to provide more information on Watt’s injury status during his next press conference. Having won their final regular-season game, the Steelers will await the results of Sunday’s games to learn if they will qualify for the playoffs.

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