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Steelers’ T.J. Watt and Diontae Johnson injured during final preseason game

This could impact the first meeting of the season between the Steelers and Bengals.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are just two weeks away from kicking off their 2022 season when they face division rival Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1.

Sunday was the final preseason game for the Steelers, and it could come with a heavy cost.

Reigning Defensive Player of the Year TJ Watt and star wide receiver Diontae Johnson both went down with injuries during Sunday’s game vs. the Detroit Lions.

Ian Rapoport reported that Watt suffered a knee injury and Johnson left the game with a shoulder injury.

Fans tweeted the video of Watt’s injury, which was similar to the hit Bengals’ tight end Thaddeus Moss delivered to Giants’ rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux, to sports physician Jesse Morse.

Morse believes at the minimum, Watt suffered an MCL sprain but noted that it is unclear if the ACL was impacted.

However, Morse also expressed concern about a potential bone bruise and meniscal injury too.

For what it’s worth, head coach Mike Tomlin attempted to downplay the injuries during the halftime break.

It appears both players avoided long-term injury, but their status is now up in the air heading into the Week 1 matchup against the Bengals.

Hopefully, both players are not seriously injured and will be able to take the field sooner rather than later.

The Bengals and Steelers will kick off from Paycor Stadium on Sunday, September 11th at 1:00 pm ET.