PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – TJ Watt said the door is open to play on Sunday. The All-Pro linebacker left the Raiders game in the second quarter with a groin injury and has been limited at practice.
“I always feel confident heading into a game,” Watt said Friday. “It doesn’t matter how many reps I get throughout the week. I was still able to run around here and do a lot of things I need to do to keep the door open for Sunday. I’m excited to get the rest of day and tomorrow to continue to improve my body and see where we are at on Sunday.”
Watt said there are always questions with a soft tissue injury. Groin injuries are notorious for varying in degree from player to player. Alex Highsmith had a groin injury before week one, played full in both games. Now he didn’t practice a couple of days because the injury wasn’t fully healed.
“This isn’t going around and playing pee-wee football,” Watt said. “This is playing with guys that do this for a living. It’s trying to be smart, but at the same time knowing your body more than anything. I feel like I was able to do a good amount to leave the door open for Sunday.”
Coming into this season, Watt had missed one start in his NFL career due to injury. It was week three of his rookie year in 2017, also with a groin injury, and he played the next week.
“You never want to miss time,” Watt said. “You only get so many opportunities to play a game each season. Any time you miss any time obviously it’s frustrating. It always comes back to being smart so you don’t miss extended time as well.”