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T.J. Watt avoids ACL tear, initial tests show

It appears Watt avoided an ACL tear

Pittsburgh Steelers v Baltimore Ravens Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Sunday update: Testing confirms a sprained MCL for Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt, likely to miss a couple of weeks with the injury.


Steelers star edge rusher T.J. Watt left Pittsburgh’s Week 18 game against the Baltimore Ravens with a left leg injury, and was classified as out for the remainder of the game shortly after.

While fans initially feared the worst, it appears the worst has been avoided. According to Adam Schefter, the Steelers believe Watt has an MCL sprain.

Watt wanted to go back into the game, but the team would not allow that, playing it safe and hoping to avoid further damage.

At first glance, the injury had Steelers’ fans holding their collective breaths. Watt went up to try to break up a Tyler Huntley pass and landed awkwardly on his leg. Watt immediately went down and began punching the turf, making it very evident he was in pain.

Watt’s status for the Wildcard round, should the Steelers get in, is currently up in the air, but the good news is that a torn ACL was avoided.