Steelers optimistic Watt’s status will be resolved by Sunday

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is optimistic All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt will be available when the defending AFC North champions open the season in Buffalo.

The three-time Pro Bowler is entering the final year of his contract and negotiations on a possible extension are ongoing. Watt didn’t play during the preseason and did not participate in 11-on-11 drills during training camp.

If Watt for some reason can’t go, veteran Melvin Ingram will likely get the start against the Bills.