JJ Watt provides an update on brother TJ Watt's health on CBS. JJ Watt provides an update on brother TJ Watt’s health on CBS. (NFL on CBS on Twitter.)

Former star NFL defensive end JJ Watt has won plenty of praise for his analysis in his debut season on CBS’ The NFL Today. And he’s also pulled off some surprising newsbreaks.

In November, Watt beat the usual cast of insiders to the news of his former teammate Zach Ertz retiring. And Sunday, first on Twitter and then on TV, he broke the news that his brother (Pittsburgh Steelers’ star defensive end TJ Watt) has only a grade 2 MCL sprain from the injury he took in Saturday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens, not a tear:

That’s notable and somewhat surprising. The surprise comes considering how NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported only hours earlier on NFL GameDay Morning that this was a grade 3 sprain, and that coaches feared a tear:

The 10-7 Steelers are currently in the seventh and final AFC playoff spot following their 17-10 win over the Ravens Saturday. But Pittsburgh needs help elsewhere in Sunday’s games to make the postseason, requiring a loss from the Buffalo Bills (against the Miami Dolphins) or a loss or tie from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Even if the Steelers do get in, it’s unlikely that Watt (who has 19 sacks and 68 total tackles this season) will be available for them in their first game. And they haven’t been overly impressive recently even with him. But if they do somehow manage to go on a postseason run, this news means there is at least the chance he could rejoin them this year. And it’s interesting to see that news broken by his brother, who continues to add to his analysis value with news reporting value.

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.