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T.J. Watt Injury and Potential Return Timeline

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Pittsburgh Steelers stars T.J. Watt and Najee Harris exited Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals with significant injuries.
Pittsburgh Steelers stars T.J. Watt and Najee Harris exited Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals with significant injuries. / Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
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Pittsburgh Steelers star pass rusher T. J. Watt exited the field late in Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with an apparent pectoral injury and was quickly ruled out.

By video, the Pro Football Docs are concerned that he suffered a torn pectoral muscle, which Watt appeared to say as he walked to the locker room.

T.J. Watt Injury Update

If Watt's injury is confirmed, he will undergo surgery but would have a chance to return late in the season.

His brother J.J. Watt suffered the same injury with the Houston Texans in 2019. He sustained the injury in Week 8 and returned just over two months later.

The full recovery timeline for a torn pec is typically 3-to-3 months, potentially allowing Watt to return for Pittsburgh in late December or early January.

Watt appeared to suffer the injury on a pass rush when he shoved Bengals right tackle La'el Collins.

The Steelers will face the New England Patriots in Week 2 and could be without running back Najee Harris as well.

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