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Steelers star T.J. Watt has been activated from PUP list

T.J. Watt, Steelers

When the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted T.J. Watt in 2017, there was a lot of buzz surrounding the pass rusher. This was mostly due to his incredible talent and potential, but a little bit was thanks to his relation to his brother – J.J. Watt.

Watt quickly made a name for himself though, racking up seven sacks in his rookie year. Then came 2018. Watt recorded a hefty 13 sacks and incredible six forced fumbles on the season.

Watt was officially a star. However, 2019 started on not the most positive note, as Watt began training camp on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list. That stay was short-lived, though.

According to Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com, Watt has been activated off the list.

This is big news for the Pittsburgh Steelers. When it was announced Watt would be placed on the PUP list, the idea was that he’d be ready well before the start of the year. However, getting him back before even the first preseason game is incredible.

This gives him more time to get into the swing of things and more time to evaluate the defense as a whole properly. Of course, you still shouldn’t expect to see much of Watt in the first preseason game. In fact, you might not see him at all.

The first preseason game for established players is usually a chance to get their feet wet again. A lot of the times, certain veterans won’t even play in the game.

Watt is one of the superstars on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster, and he is now coming back from a PUP list stay (no matter how brief). You’d have to imagine the team will be extra careful with his return, meaning preseason Week 1 might not be in the cards.