Watt Confident In Recovery

Steelers linebacker says he is recovering nicely from a hamstring injury

Shelby Cassesse
August 22, 2018 - 2:47 pm
TJ Watt

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - T.J. Watt has spent the majority of the summer watching practice as he continues recovery from a hamstring injury, but the Steelers linebacker says he is confident that won't be the case much longer. 

"I think I'm ready to go whenever," Watt said before the team practiced Wednesday. "I feel like my body is coming together really well. I feel like I'm healing really nicely, and it's just a matter of being smart right now with me and the trainers kind of bouncing ideas off of each other. I feel like once I'm ready to go, there won't be a beat skipped." 

As the Steelers prepare to host the Titans in their third preseason game Saturday, Watt will continue making sure there is minimal risk of suffering the same injury.

"You look at the hamstring injuries that a lot of guys have and those linger around, and when you have that injury it tends to re-aggravate if you don't treat it the right way early on. So, I think although it sucks, it's the best time of the year for it to happen just so I can get this fixed and out of the way so it doesn't re-aggravate throughout the season."

Last year, Watt finished his rookie season with 54 tackles, seven sacks and an interception. Throughout OTA's and training camp, the Steelers have switched linebacker Bud Dupree to the right side where Watt played last year. Watt will most likely make the switch to the left side this season as a result.

"Bud's doing well," Watt said about his teammate. "He's been able to throw a lot of great pitches in the pass rush, and he's been able to look really comfortable in the run defense. So, it's been fun to watch him and I can't wait to join him on the left side, so I'm looking forward to getting back."