Steelers expect to get Watt, Fitzpatrick back against Bengals

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers defense was torched on Sunday night in a 41-37 loss to the Chargers at SoFi Stadium, allowing 533 total yards, its most since giving up more than 600 in a loss to the Patriots in 2013.

But help could be on the way, according to our partners at DK Pittsburgh Sports.

After playing that game without three of the five players on defense who have been voted to the Pro Bowl -- and two of its three All-Pro defenders -- the Steelers (5-4-1) could get a boost this week against the Bengals (6-4) in a key AFC North game.

Mike Tomlin said Tuesday there is an expectation that T.J. Watt (knee/hip), Minkah Fitzpatrick (COVID-19), Joe Haden (foot) and Isaiahh Loudermilk (hamstring) all could return this week.

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“Obviously, we could utilize the assistance of those guys,” Tomlin said. “We’ll let their first availability happen, and then the quality of their practice in their return be the consideration to how much you see them.”

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