Smith-Schuster, Watt, Pouncey among injuries


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Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt (90) is examined by team doctors on the bench -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The final outcome of Sunday's regular-season opener was not kind to the Steelers, as they dropped a 33-3 decision to the Patriots here at Gillette Stadium.

The second half of the game was even less kind.

First, Joe Haden left after making a tackle, suffering a shoulder injury. But at least he returned to the game, and the same could not be said of center Maurkice Pouncey, linebacker T.J. Watt or wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. All three -- all of whom were Pro Bowl players in 2018 -- left the game in the fourth quarter and did not return.

Pouncey got his ankle rolled up on and was replaced by B.J. Finney.

Watt suffered a hip injury. Anthony Chickillo replaced him in the lineup. Watt finished the game with just two tackles, including one for a loss, but provided the only consistent pressure on Tom Brady, hitting him three times in the game.

And Smith-Schuster got his foot caught underneath linebacker Chase Winovich after his sixth, and final, catch of the game, suffering a toe injury. He had 78 yards receiving.

"We will get those evaluated and I'll have more for you on Tuesday," Mike Tomlin said.

Pouncey and Smith-Schuster both seemed OK after the game and said they expect to play next Sunday when the Steelers host the Seahawks in their home opener. Watt, however, was not seen in the locker room.

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