The Pittsburgh Steelers 2018 training camp wasn’t a very eventful one for outside linebacker T.J. Watt, the team’s first-round selection in the 2017 Football Draft. Watt spent most of his time this year at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe rehabbing thanks to a hamstring injury that he suffered during the team’s third training camp practice.
It's been a tough training camp for T.J. Watt.Watt says the Steelers are being cautious with him and he'll be back soon. He was jogging off to the side Tuesday.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will play their second preseason game of 2018 Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers,a report surfaced Tuesday afternoon that gives hope that we might see him play in the team’s third preseason game at Heinz Field a week from Saturday against the Tennessee Titans and if not then, perhaps in the finale against the Carolina Panthers, which is a little more than two weeks away.
Mike Tomlin said that he is "keeping the light on" for T.J. Watt and several other previously injured Steelers to see time in Thursday night's game. Watt, who finished third on the team with 7.0 sacks last season, has missed considerable time during camp while battling a hamstring injury. Tomlin also didn't rule out Sean Davis and B.J. Finney, who suffered a contusion during the team's preseason victory over Philadelphia.
Currently, Watt is the Steelers best outside linebacker and there’s not much in the way of either quality or experienced depth behind him.
In short, it’s probably a good thing that Watt suffered his hamstring injury early during training camp as opposed to later and hopefully he’ll be fully healed and have it behind him for good by the time the preseason ends, if not sooner.