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Steelers Coach Confirmed Reason Behind T.J. Watt's Absence

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently without their best player and it's because of an ongoing contract issue.

Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler confirmed outside linebacker T.J. Watt isn't practicing because he's yet to sign a long-term contract agreement, WPXI reports.

Watt had previously participated in on-field individual drills but has been absent from team training camp activities at Heinz Field.

Butler addressed Watt's absence while speaking to reporters after Saturday's (August 7) practice and said there was no timetable for the 2020 Defensive Player of the Year award finalist to begin participating in team drills.

“That’s none of my business,” Butler said via WPXI. “I hope he signs a contract. When he gets it done, then we’ll talk about that.”

Head coach Mike Tomlin also said he wouldn't speculate on when Watt was expected to begin participating in team drills.

“I’m just focused on today and who’s working and getting better that way,” Tomlin said via WPXI. “I’m sure that’s going to naturally run its course. I know (Watt) is working hard with our trainers, so we’ll see where it all leads us.”

Watt is currently in the final deal of his rookie contract and had previously stated that he didn't intend to hold out for a long-term deal.

Steelers team officials have said they plan on signing Watt to a long-term deal, but team policy prevents contract negotiations from taking place once the regular season begins.

“I love this team, I love all of the coaches and this staff here, and the players,” Watt said on the opening day of training camp viaWPXI. “I am excited for this season, and that’s why I’m here.”

Last season, Watt led the NFL in sacks (15) and tackles for loss (26), while also recording 53 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles, and 41 QB hits.

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