“Steelers’ Star T.J. Watt Suffers Shocking Season-Ending Injury – Exclusive Details

The Steelers are concerned that T.J. Watt, a leading candidate for the defensive MVP, may have suffered a Grade 3 left MCL sprain during the third quarter of their crucial 17-10 victory over the Ravens on Saturday. This information comes from a source who spoke to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, pending further testing.

Watt sustained the left knee injury shortly after achieving his second sack of the day when he landed awkwardly following a jump and collision with teammate Montravius Adams. Despite his desire to return, the Steelers decided to rule him out for the remainder of the game.

Following the play, T.J. Watt lay on the wet, muddy turf, pounding his fist while his teammates gathered around him. After spending several minutes in the sideline medical tent, Watt, who walked off the field on his own, gingerly made his way back to the locker room for further evaluation.

Linebacker Elandon Roberts expressed the team’s concern, stating, “Obviously, man, T.J. Watt is a big part of not just our defense but our team. Great leader, and a 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 don’t want to see T.J. go down.”

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Up until that point on Saturday afternoon, Watt had accumulated two sacks and a tackle for loss, bringing his season total to 19. Watt leads the NFL with 19 sacks and is only the second player in league history to achieve multiple seasons with at least 19 sacks, joining his older brother J.J.

Despite the disappointment, Coach Mike Tomlin remained optimistic about the severity of Watt’s injury, stating, “I’ll have more information probably next time we get together. Disappointed in that, but there are challenges in the game of football, there are challenges in life. So we’ll deal with it, whatever it may be.”

With Watt sidelined, the Steelers turned to Markus Golden and rookie Nick Herbig to rotate in opposite Alex Highsmith. Golden, who joined the Steelers in free agency, managed to sack Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley on third down, forcing Baltimore to settle for a field goal on its final drive.

Golden expressed his determination to compete for Watt, saying, “I got a lot of sacks hitting the edge and stuff like that, but I just want to get out there and win the game for my team. Get out there and compete for T.J. You got to play hard for a guy like him when he goes down because that’s what he does.”

If testing confirms the severe MCL sprain and the Steelers make the playoffs, it’s unlikely that Watt would be available for the first round. This would mean the team needs to find another defensive replacement in a season filled with such challenges.

Defensive captain Cameron Heyward acknowledged the difficulty of replacing Watt, stating, “We better be able to, even though it’s a tall ask. It’s not going to be one guy. We’re going to have to mix some things up, but as a pass rush crew and as a D line and an outside linebacker crew, we have to step up. It goes to guys like Alex Highsmith who I thought played well today, Nick Herbig, and Markus Golden. These are the guys we relied on for depth all year, and they’ve done a good job. No one’s going to go out there and say, ‘Hey, I’m T.J. Watt,’ but collectively we got to pick it up.”

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