After experiencing tightness in his left hamstring following the final rep of the run test on Thursday, the Steelers have placed T.J. Watt on the preseason Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list prior to start training camp.
We have placed T.J. Watt on the Active/PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) List to begin training camp.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 25, 2019
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Mike Tomlin addressed the situation in his press conference Thursday afternoon.
“He was able to complete the test. He just expressed some tightness there at the end, so we will do what is appropriate from that stand point.”
While starting training camp hampered by an injury is never a good sign, Coach Tomlin didn’t seemed too concerned about the longevity of Watt’s injury.
“We may PUP him and put him on the PUP List saying that he is not available at the initial onset tomorrow morning. He may be on for a very short period of time.”
Although not considered to be a major injury, any player who has not practiced in a given season is eligible to go on PUP. Unlike the regular season PUP list, during the preseason a player may come off the list at any time.
Mike Tomlin’s full press conference can be seen here:
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