Report: Steelers Hopeful of T.J. Watt's Return Next Week - Sports Illustrated

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are staying optimistic they'll have reigning Defensive Player of the Year soon as they enter a tough part of their schedule. 

According to The Washington Post's Jason La Canfora, the Steelers are hopeful T.J. Watt will return to the field in Week 6 when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home. 

"There is hope in that organization that T.J. Watt, the reigning defensive player of the year, could be back in two weeks to face Tampa Bay — the Steelers have never won with him injured — and I’m told he continues to push to return as soon as possible," La Canfora wrote. 

Watt opted to go through rehab on a torn pectoral tendon following his injury in Week 1. Initial reports claimed the outside linebacker would miss 6-8 weeks before a potential return, but Watt could be back in the starting lineup in just four. 

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The Steelers are 0-3 without Watt this season and 0-7 all-time without him on the field. 

At 1-3, Pittsburgh is set to face the Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles before their Bye Week.