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.
#Steelers LB T.J. Watt has been cleared by an independent neurological consultant and is no longer in the concussion protocol.— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) December 14, 2023
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.