Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker TJ Watt was sidelined due to a groin injury in the third quarter of the Steelers' 28-36 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Watt originally headed for the sidelines in the second quarter, and did not resume play in the third. However, the exact moment or play that led to Watt's groin injury is unclear, but Ian Rapoport states that Watt is to undergo further tests today.
From @GMFB: #Steelers pass-rusher TJ Watt will have tests on his groin today to determine the severity. pic.twitter.com/fv511RAOur
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 10, 2021
Watt has had a history of injuries this season, as he has suffered from hip and knee injuries that also sidelined him from playing in two games. Regardless of Watt's groin injury, the Steelers' star outside linebacker has been enjoying a spectacular season for himself, as he has recorded 16.5 sacks in 10 games played. Despite this, Watt had a quiet showing leading up to him being taken off the field against the Vikings, as he only logged one QB hit and a tackle.
As such, further tests are to be conducted on Watt's groin injury, so as to ascertain the degree and severity of the issue. Whether or not Watt suits up against the Tennessee Titans in Week 15 is still up in the air. There is hope for Steelers fans, as the injury may just be minor, given the fact that Watt was initially counted as questionable before being ruled out by the Steelers. On the other side of the coin, one can never be too sure with this, as Watt has suffered from multiple injuries (albeit minor ones) this season, and this injury may just exacerbate the ones in the past. Regardless, the hope is that TJ Watt can continue his extremely impressive season moving forward.