The Pittsburgh Steelers are dealing with a plethora of injuries on their defense as they continue to battle against the Las Vegas Raiders at Heinz Field in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season. With Joe Haden and Devin Bush inactive for the game with groin injuries, the Steelers also lost starting nose tackle Tyson Alualu to an ankle injury.
This time, just before the end of the first half, the Steelers have an announced outside linebacker T.J. Watt has a groin injury and is questionable to return. This per Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten:
#Steelers LB T.J. Watt has a groin injury and is questionable to return to today's game.— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) September 19, 2021
So far in the game, T.J. Watt already had a strip sack as well as four tackles.
With outside linebackers Alex Highsmith and Melvin Ingram III already in the rotation at outside linebacker, it will be rookie Jamir Jones who will also take on snaps should Watt not be able to return.
UPDATE: T.J Watt has now been downgraded to OUT for the remainder of the game. This per Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten:
INJURY UPDATE: #Steelers LB T.J. Watt has been downgraded to OUT for today's game with his groin injury. https://t.co/QojvHplgZW— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) September 19, 2021
Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain if the Steelers as they take on the Las Vegas Raiders at Heinz Field in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season.