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Nov 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker TJ Watt (90) looks over the field against the Green Bay Packers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
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TJ Watt On Recovery From Injury Plagued 2022 Season

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker TJ Watt says he has to adapt his preparation after experiencing his first injury-hit season in 2022.

TJ Watt missed just one game during the first three seasons of his NFL career. He played 15 of 16 games in 2020 and 15 of 17 in 2021.

The 2021 season was a record-tying 22.5 sack season for TJ Watt. He was expected to further improve, but missed seven games in 2022 and had just 5.5 sacks.


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It was only the second time in Watt’s career he fell below double-digit sacks over a season. Now, having dealt with a torn pectoral, knee surgery and a rib injury, Watt knows he needs to work hard to get back to his best levels. 

“I was not 100 percent for a lot of the games, and it was frustrating,” Watt told The Athletic. 

“I just wanted to play football, and I couldn’t the way I wanted to. It was tough. … It wasn’t easy, It sucked not being able to participate and not being able to put your hand in the pile.”


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“I am not training as I was when I was 22, I will tell you that,” Watt said. 

“It makes no sense now. What I have learned is as you get older, you are always evolving. No offseason is the same. You are always evolving and learning about your body, and as I get older, that’s how I have approached every offseason, and this one was a little different than the others.

“I just need to stay healthy and everything else will take care of itself,” Watt said.

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