Steelers put star linebacker TJ Watt on COVID-19 list

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Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker TJ Watt (90) takes on Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Isaiah Prince (75) as he tries to rush the passer during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, November 28 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo / Aaron Doster)

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed linebacker TJ Watt’s outside star on the COVID-19 list.

The team made the announcement on Monday, a day after the Steelers were embarrassed 41-10 on the road to Cincinnati.

Watt is the third high-profile member of the Steelers to be on the COVID-19 list in recent weeks. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and security Minkah Fitzpatrick entered COVID-19 protocol earlier this month.

Roethlisberger missed practice after being put on the roster on October 13 and missed a tie with Detroit. He competed virtually the following week and returned to play in a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Fitzpatrick did not play against the Chargers after being put on the roster on October 15.

Watt’s 12 1/2 sacks are second in the NFL, but he was limited to just two tackles against Cincinnati while facing hip and knee injuries sustained against the Lions.

Watt’s potential absence is the latest setback for Pittsburgh’s faltering defense. Defensive line veterans Tyson Alualu and Stephon Tuitt are injured and inside linebacker Robert Spillane left with a knee injury on Sunday and did not return.

The Steelers will host AFC leader North Baltimore (8-3) next Sunday.


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