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Steelers’ T.J. Watt clears concussion protocol

The star defender will play on Saturday.

T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the field during an NFL football game against the New England Patriots at Acrisure Stadium on December 7, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

The Steelers will have their best player back on the field this week.

Steelers’ outside linebacker T.J. Watt is no longer in concussion protocol after being cleared by an independent neurologist, per Steelers Senior Director of Communications Burt Lauten.

Watt suffered a hit to the head in the Steelers’ Week 14 loss to the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football. He played the remainder of the game but entered concussion protocol the next day.

The Steelers faced criticism online for allowing Watt to finish the game, as the defender retook the field wearing a tinted visor following his hit to the head.

However, now Watt is cleared and good to go in the Steelers’ upcoming game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. It’s a big matchup for both sides, as a loss would be devastating for either teams’ playoff hopes.

The Steelers are still waiting for one more defender to clear concussion protocol. Outside linebacker Alex Highsmith, who lines up opposite Watt on the Steelers’ defense, also entered the protocol after Pittsburgh’s loss to the Patriots.

Watt currently has the second-most sacks in the NFL with 14.0 this season.