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Could the Steelers be without T.J. Watt in their first game against the Bills?

TJ Watt holdout against Bills
Will Steelers star pass rusher TJ Watt play week 1 against the Buffalo Bills? He has not practiced since January.

TJ Watt wants a new contract, and he is not happy. The Steelers do not want to pay, and that could end up with Watt missing the first game of the season?

Watt has been at training camp, and has been there throughout the preseason, but he is not taking part in any team drills in practice. Watt and the Steelers thought they were close, but that is not the case according to NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala.

The #Steelers’ commitment to one main tradition -refusing to offer full guarantees beyond Year One- is threatening to sink these TJ Watt negotiations. Source had me optimistic last week that things were close. After convo w folks close to contract talks just now, I’m not as much.

— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) September 7, 2021

Many are questioning whether Watt will play against the Bills. Mike Tomlin said he is not concerned about that.

Mike Tomlin asked about how TJ Watt can be ready for Sunday w/out hitting in pads since last January. Says, “We’ll play it by ear… one thing I’m not going to do is assume he’s regular. Or normal.” But then, he says TJ is exceptional and wouldn’t underestimate him.

— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) September 7, 2021

Watt wants to be the highest paid defensive player, and let’s face it, he deserves it. He is a beast and lead the NFL with sacks last season with 15.

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