Steelers’ TJ Watt Gives Simple Response When Asked About Lions’ Sam LaPorta Playing Through The Same Injury He Didn’t

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently in the thick of the offseason. One of their star players, linebacker TJ Watt, is utilizing the first two weeks of the offseason to rest and recover from the previous season. This is a new approach for him, as he hopes it will help him preserve his career longevity and give his body sufficient time to recuperate.

Over the past seven seasons, Watt has undeniably established himself as one of the most dominant forces on the gridiron, consistently delivering stellar performances. However, the toll of another grueling season has become apparent, particularly as he reflects on his physical condition at the age of 29. In a candid acknowledgment, Watt admits that the decision to take a two week break is not merely a matter of preference, but rather a strategic and wise choice. 

Recognizing the paramount importance of rest and recovery, Watt underscores the necessity of prioritizing his long-term health and longevity in the demanding world of professional sports. This season, amidst the relentless pursuit of excellence, Watt embraces the opportunity to recharge both his body and mind, laying the foundation for sustained success in the seasons to come.

Steelers’ TJ Watt Joins Pardon My Take

Watt made an appearance on the popular Barstool Sports show, Pardon My Take, hosted by Dan “Big Cat” Katz and PFT Commenter. The episode featured Steelers superfan Jersey Jerry having lunch with Watt. Throughout the episode, Watt was captured relishing food and sharing laughs with the hosts, creating a lively atmosphere. Unsurprisingly, amidst the camaraderie, conversation naturally gravitated towards the significant topic of the crushing injury Watt endured during the final game of the regular season.

During the Week 18 regular season finale against the Baltimore Ravens, Watt suffered an injury that caused major concern among Steelers fans. He had already achieved two sacks before being forced to leave the game with a sprained MCL. 

Initially, both Watt and the fans were worried that he had torn his ACL, which would have been a much more serious injury. Fortunately, it was later confirmed that Watt was only dealing with a sprain, and although he was unable to play in the postseason, it was a relief that his injury was not more severe. 

Detroit Lions’ young, but talented tight end Sam LaPorta, was also dealing with a similar knee injury. However, LaPorta played on with his injury, while Watt didn’t. PFT asked Watt about LaPorta playing through the injury that he couldn’t.

“I remember it was you and Sam LaPorta who got hurt, and then Sam was like, ‘I’m gonna play.’ And I was like, ‘How can you play on that after a week?'”

Watt provided a concise reply to PFT’s question, in which he expressed his strong desire to play in the postseason, but also conveyed his inability to do so due to certain constraints.

“It’s very, very difficult because as soon as you cut, like I would even be putting my shorts on and it just feels very unstable and slips out.”

It appears Watt made the wise decision to not rush the healing process and risk further injury. Although Steelers fans were disappointed that their Team MVP, Watt, was unable to play in the postseason due to injury, it was ultimately the right decision for him to prioritize his health and not rush back onto the field. 

Watt expressed that had the team been successful in their postseason campaign, he fully intended to make a return and contribute to their efforts. Sadly, the Steelers playoff experience was a quick lived experience and Watt never got that chance. Despite the setback, Watt’s dedication to his team and commitment to his own well-being are admirable qualities that set a positive example for athletes and fans alike.

Following an incredible season where he led the NFL in sacks with 19, Watt didn’t earn the NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. He has expressed his frustration, feeling as if he was snubbed of the award. That likely means Steeler Nation can expect a big season from Watt in 2024, with some added frustration stemming from feeling wronged for not winning the coveted award.

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