David Anenih Aug 20, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans linebacker David Anenih (54) rushes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to get a huge Week 1 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the debut game of new quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. But the win came at a huge cost for Pittsburgh.

Star linebacker T.J. Watt suffered a devastating injury in the process, tearing his pectoral muscle in the fourth quarter of the game.

Many thought that this injury may be a season-ending one for Watt, but it appears likely he will be able to return at some point this season after he and the team agreed that it was best for him to avoid surgery.

He will still be out for a huge chunk of the first half of the season for Pittsburgh, and the Steelers have all but confirmed that with a decision on Thursday.

According to ESPN insider Field Yates, the Steelers are signing outside linebacker David Anenih off of the Tennessee Titans practice squad to their 53-man roster.

Yates added that the organization is expected to place Watt on Injured Reserve in a corresponding roster move, guaranteeing that he will miss at least four games for Pittsburgh.

Watt was historically good last year, tying New York Giants’ Hall of Famer Michael Strahan for the most sacks in a single season at 22.5.

The Steelers will clearly not be expecting Anenih to replace Watt’s production on the field as a whole, but they will hope that he can provide some depth to a pass rush that needs it in Watt’s absence moving forward.

Anenih (seen above in an Aug. 20 preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) was a surprising cut for the Titans this offseason after an impressive performance during the preseason for the organization, recording three sacks in as many preseason games.

He comes to Pittsburgh after going undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft. Pittsburgh will certainly hope that he can provide some sort of a spark in Watt’s absence moving forward.

[Field Yates on Twitter; photo from Steve Roberts/USA Today Sports]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.