Heading into the game, Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler was asked to give an update on Watt’s status. But Butler said he “knows as much as we do” as far as Watt’s availability for Sunday is concerned.
Butler also said that if Watt does play, he’ll probably have to be on a snap count. But he recognized that Watt will likely be able to tell the team if he feels ready to go fully.
Watt has not practiced with the team since deciding to hold out for a new contract. He is slated for free agency after this season but doesn’t want to risk an injury in a contract year.
Alex Highsmith (groin) has been limited in practice so far, But Keith Butler was optimistic he would be available Sunday.
While Buts said he knew as much as us about Watt’s availability Sunday, he did say they have to be careful with his snap count. pic.twitter.com/GLofFNteG4
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) September 9, 2021
T.J. Watt has been a superb pass rusher for the Pittsburgh Steelers over the past four years. In the last three, he’s totaled 42.5 sacks.
Last year Watt had a career-high 15.0 sacks along with 23 tackles for loss and 41 QB hits. He finished second in the NFL Defensive Player of the Year voting, but still earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors.
Watt has wildly outplayed his current, rookie contract and is in line for a huge payday. He may even be made the highest-paid pass rusher in the NFL when all is said and done.
But things aren’t looking great for him joining the Steelers in Week 1 at the moment.