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Doctors Reportedly Make Official Decision On Whether TJ Watt Needs Surgery

Cameron Heyward and T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers star T.J. Watt left the team's season opener on Sunday with a significant injury. The pass rusher suffered a torn pec. Initial reports suggested he would miss the rest of the season. 

However, Watt's status moving forward all depends on whether or not his injury requires surgery. A decision is in. 

Doctors have reportedly told Watt he will not require surgery. That means he can return in about six weeks. A huge development for the Pittsburgh defense. 

"Doctors determined this afternoon that Steelers’ LB T.J. Watt does not surgery on his torn pectoral and he now is expected to miss about six weeks, per source," said ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Had doctors told T.J. Watt he needs surgery, he would have missed the rest of the season. This is a much better development. 

The Steelers opened the season with a big division win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. If they can stay in the AFC North race until Watt returns, he'd be a huge boost for the latter half of the season. 

Watt is already counting down the days until he returns. 

If all goes according to plan, Watt returns in six weeks. 

The Steelers, meanwhile, take on the New England Patriots on Sunday.