TJ Watt was dominant against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6, with multiple blocked passes and sacks.
He also punched Alex Collins in the stomach and face mask, and has been fined by the league over the weekend.
#Steelers OLB T.J. Watt was fined $10,815 for unnecessary roughness – punching at the ball in an attempt to strip #Seahawks RB Alex Collins last Sunday night.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 23, 2021
TJ Watt got a penalty because he thought Alex Collins was Jake Paul pic.twitter.com/OR0Ms6cSgH— Frank Dyevoich (@Fantasy_Giant) October 18, 2021
The play was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, unnecessary roughness.
Collins did not fumble on the play and ran in for a touchdown a couple plays later. However, Collins ended up leaving later in the game due to injury and was unavailable for the overtime drives.
After the game Pete Carroll said Collins had suffered “wear and tear” on his hip and glute, after opening by saying Collins “got beat on pretty good.”
While Carroll is often untrustworthy when speaking about his own team’s personnel decisions, he’s often been coy enough to drop things like this as intentional jabs. Collins took a lot of punishment in the game, indeed.
As is usually the case, each team tends to see things their way and the Steelers didn’t see anything wrong with the hit.
The fantastic news is that Collins has been recovering nicely this week and is expected to play against the New Orleans Saints. He has been impressive in every opportunity he’s been given this year.