Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker TJ Watt suffered a sack in the game against the Tennessee Titans despite losing his helmet in the process.
The play occurred in the first quarter of Thursday night’s game when Watt was able to get past Titans right tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere before bringing down Tennessee quarterback Will Levis.
Petit-Frere’s hand was seen making direct contact with the center of Watts’ facemask before the Steelers’ sack leader threw off the block and his helmet in the process.
Levis had been trying to run around the pocket, looking for a hole to run through or room to throw the ball when he maneuvered himself into Watts’ grasp.
Petit-Frere was also called for an “illegal hand-to-the-face” penalty, which Pittsburgh declined and scored on fourth down.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker TJ Watt received a sack after losing his helmet in the game
Watt was able to wrap up Tennessee Titans quarterback Will Levis even though he wasn’t wearing a helmet
The 29-year-old Watt entered Thursday’s three-way tie for third place in the league in sacks with 8.5.
He was tied with Cleveland Browns superhuman star Myles Garrett and New York Giants edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux.
In addition to the 8.5 sacks, Watt recorded 18 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception.
Watt is also dealing with a hand injury that doesn’t appear to have slowed his dominance over defenses.
Earlier in the season, it was reported that Watt had dislocated his finger and tore several ligaments during the Steelers’ 17-10 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Watt had the finger dislocated again during the game and missed no time due to the injury.