T.J. Watt’s finger injury more serious than once thought
The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5, and after the game Mike Tomlin met with the media and talked about some players who got banged up during the game. Tomlin spoke about T.J. Watt suffering an injury to his finger, but didn’t elaborate.
Watt dealing with the injury was caught by the television broadcast, but it would make sense the fan base wouldn’t think twice about the injury. Why? Watt didn’t miss any time and made several critical plays down the stretch, including the game sealing sack of Lamar Jackson.
However, the injury to his finger might be more serious than once thought. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Watt dislocated the finger and tore multiple ligaments in the process.
Watt popped it back in and kept playing — and the injury won’t keep the DPOY candidate off the field after this week’s bye. pic.twitter.com/RyG5ZTIbUB
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 10, 2023
It shouldn’t shock anyone that Watt simply popped the digit back in place and continued playing, but it also shouldn’t shock anyone he is going to play through the injury. The next question is if he’ll need to wear some type of brace on the hand to keep his finger from getting worse. If he does, will it hinder his ability to rush the passer and tackle ball carriers?
When the team reports back next Monday, this will likely be addressed by the team and Mike Tomlin during his weekly press conference. In the meantime, be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they head into their bye week.