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Steelers fear T.J. Watt tore his pec vs. Bengals

A potentially monumental loss for Pittsburgh.

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The Cincinnati Bengals lost a heartbreaker to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1, but the Steelers may’ve lost the heart of their defense for most of the season.

All-Pro edge rusher T.J. Watt exited Sunday’s game with a pectoral injury, and the Steelers are concerned Watt tore the muscle in the win. Per Adam Schefter, Watt will undergo an MRI tomorrow for confirmation.

Watt absolutely dominated the Bengals in the 23-20 overtime thriller. He finished with six tackles, a sack, three tackles for loss, two batted balls, and an interception on Joe Burrow. When he exited the field late in the game, the Bengals’ ability to mitigate the Steelers’ pass rush changed for the better.

It was a typical performance from the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, but it may be his last for a while. A torn pec would for sure end Watt’s season, so the Steelers are hoping for anything but that to be true.