T.J. Watt Aug 28, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt (90) before playing the Detroit Lions at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

In many cases, football injuries are preventable with proper training regimens or they are the result of a dirty play from the opposing team. But for Pittsburgh Steelers star pass rusher T.J. Watt, neither of those things was true of his injury last season.

This week, T.J. Watt opened up about the pec injury that derailed his season, revealing that it was simply a freak injury.

“I have talked to so many different people, and there was absolutely nothing I could have done in the offseason or working out to stop what happened to my pec,” Watt told Mark Kaboly of The Athletic. “You have to continue to tell yourself that it was just a freak injury.”

Watt missed seven games a result of his injury, which severely limited the Steelers’ defense as the team lost six of those games. But even once he returned, Watt revealed that he wasn’t even fully healthy. He had to wear a harness that limited the way he was able to play the game.

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

It certainly wasn’t the season he wanted, but he’ll hope to bounce back with a dominant season this year.

[The Athletic]