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Mike Tomlin Reveals Chances of TJ Watt Playing in Week 8

Isaiah De Los Santos
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has revealed the chances of star TJ Watt playing in Week 8.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has revealed the chances of star TJ Watt playing in Week 8. / (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense suffered a massive blow to begin the year after star edge defender TJ Watt suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Week 1. Watt's situation got even worse after he needed to undergo knee surgery, which delayed his potential return to the team.

Heading into Week 8, Watt is making progress in his rehab. Head coach Mike Tomlin revealed Watt's chances of suiting up this Sunday.

Tomlin characterized Watt's shot at suiting up in Week 8 as "highly unlikely" when talking with the media on Tuesday. This basically shuts down all hope the three-time First Team All-Pro will play against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tomlin's update isn't a surprise, but it's still disappointing. Watt's been sidelined for the past six games, which has severely downgraded a defense that relies on his presence off the edge.

The impact of Watt's absence has been abundantly obvious. Pittsburgh's defense has allowed the fifth-most total yards and ranks just outside of the top 10 in most points per game given up through the first seven weeks. The Steelers' 12.0 sacks so far are tied for the fourth-lowest total in the league as well.

Thankfully Pittsburgh draws a bye in Week 9, giving Watt a few more days to get his body right before possibly making his return in Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints.

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