Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt left the game on Sunday against the Lions after a cut block ended his day early.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Watt admit that he was frustrated by Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson’s block. However, he acknowledged that it’s technically a legal play.
“It’s one of those plays where it’s a completely legal play. I don’t have much to say about it,” Watt told reporters. “There were a few words exchanged, like, ‘Sorry, I had to do that.’ I didn’t really have any words to say back to him – more frustration than anything. Those blocks are tough to deal with.”
Watt added that he does not hold a grudge against Hockenson.
The good news here is that Watt seems primed and ready for Week one of the season.
In 15 games last season, Watt had 64 combined tackles, 22.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year.
The Steelers will need those numbers and likely more as they transition from having Big Ben at QB for the first time in a while.