The highest paid defender in the NFL, T.J. Watt, will miss his second game this season due to an injury he suffered in Week 9.
In the week leading up to the Steelers “Sunday Night Football” game against the Chargers, Watt did not participate in practices after suffering a hip and knee injury during last week’s game against the Lions. The Steelers linebacker does not have an extensive injury history, but he’s already been hurt twice this season. Both of those injuries have been to different body parts, as well.
Here’s a look at T.J. Watt’s injury timeline this season.
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T.J. Watt injury timeline
Sept. 19, 2021
During the Steelers’ Week 2 game against the Raiders, Watt suffered a groin injury. At the time, he was the third Steelers defensive starter with a groin injury, including Devin Bush and Joe Hadan.
Watt missed the Week 3 24-10 loss to the Bengals the following week, but then was back in action for Week 4.
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Nov. 14, 2021
Watt’s second injury of the season caused him to be taken out of the Lions game early during Week 10. He collided with a teammate, causing a hip and knee injury. He was ruled out of the game following this injury.
Watt did not participate in practice during the week of Nov. 15. After evaluation, Watt is to be watched week to week to see how he’s doing. Coach Mike Tomlin said they were going to leave the “light on” for Week 11’s game against the Chargers. If he does not return in Week 11, fans can begin to expect him back in Week 12.
T.J. Watt previous injuries
In his fourth year in the league, Watt has only had one injury cause him to miss a full game before 2021. Back in 2017 during his rookie season, Watt suffered a groin injury while playing against the Vikings during Week 2. He missed the rest of the game, and then missed the following week’s game.
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T.J. Watt contract details
On Sept. 9, 2021, Watt signed the highest paying defending contract in NFL history. The contract is a four-year extension worth $112 million. He earns around $28 million a year.