February 21, 2024

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The Pittsburgh Steelers clinched a playoff spot within the last week of the common season, however it got here at a price.

T.J. Watt landed awkwardly throughout their recreation Saturday towards the Baltimore Ravens – he left the sport and by no means returned.

Pittsburgh received, however needed to wait till the Jacksonville Jaguars loss on Sunday afternoon to formally make the postseason.

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 T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a sack within the first quarter towards the Tennessee Titans at Acrisure Stadium on November 02, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Joe Sargent/Getty Photographs)

After the Buffalo Payments received the AFC East later Sunday evening, Pittsburgh discovered their destiny – they’d head to northwest New York as large underdogs.

Properly, their robust battle simply received even more durable.

His older brother, J.J., revealed on X, previously Twitter, that the “finest case” state of affairs was a Grade 2 MCL sprain, and he would wish a “couple weeks” of relaxation and restoration.

That damage has led the Steelers to announce he won’t play in Sunday’s wild card playoff recreation in Buffalo.

T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is checked out by medical employees after an damage in the course of the second half of a recreation towards the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Financial institution Stadium on January 06, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Rob Carr/Getty Photographs)

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“Taking part in with out T.J. is important. However, we’ve performed with out lots of people this 12 months,” head coach Mike Tomlin mentioned Tuesday, through Yahoo Sports activities. “That is one other alternative to strike a blow for workforce.”

Watt led the league with 19.0 sacks, turning into the primary participant in NFL historical past to have probably the most sacks three separate instances – he additionally led in 2020 and 2021.

He’ll most likely end within the top-three of Defensive Participant of the Yr voting once more – he completed third in 2019, second in 2020, and received it in 2021. Watt performed in simply 10 video games final season however was nonetheless named a Professional Bowler.

TJ Watt sacks Jimmy G

T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers sacks ra10 in the course of the first quarter at Allegiant Stadium on September 24, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Ethan Miller/Getty Photographs)

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Watt made his sixth-consecutive Professional Bowl this season, beating his older brother’s 5.

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