Steelers Sign Another Linebacker With TJ Watt Set to Hit IR

Devon Platana
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed another linebacker as T.J. Watt is set to hit the injured reserve on Thursday.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed another linebacker as T.J. Watt is set to hit the injured reserve on Thursday. /

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without top linebacker T.J. Watt for the next several weeks. The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who tore his left pectoral muscle in Week 1, is expected to be placed on the injured reserve on Thursday, according to the ESPN insider Field Yates.

It's impossible to replace a player of Watt's caliber, however, the Steelers must make do with the resources they have. As a result of Watt's IR placement, Yates also reports that Pittsburgh has signed outside linebacker David Anenih from the Tennessee Titans' practice squad.

TJ Watt Injury News

Anenih is the second player brought in by the Steelers this week to help shore up their LB depth. They signed former Washington Commander Ryan Anderson earlier this week, but it remains to be seen how effective he is after last having played in 2020.

An undrafted free agent at the 2022 NFL Draft, David Anenih spent his five-year collegiate career at Houston. His best year with the Cougars was his final one, which saw him rack up 30 tackles (a career-high 10 for a loss), five sacks, two broken-up passes and a fumble.

Anenih's performance was enough to entice the Titans into signing him back in May. He wound up playing in each of Tennessee's three preseason games, tallying seven tackles and two passes defended while laying out three sacks for 15 yards lost.

It'll be interesting to see how much playing time Anenih will get when the Steelers face the New England Patriots in Week 2. He'll need to help his team pull off the upset as FanDuel Sportsbook lists Pittsburgh as the 2.5-point home underdog against New England.

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