Derek Watt’s hamstring injury is going to keep him our for at least a couple of games according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. That leaves the Steelers without a fullback on their active roster for that time frame.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 28, 2020
If the Steelers want to add a fullback to the roster, especially one who can step in an help right away they may look to bring back Rosevelt Nix. Nix was the first player that came to mind when I heard that Watt was hurt.
During his time in Pittsburgh Nix was a strong special teams player and solid fullback. With Watt out and Nix out of work currently the pairing makes sense. To make room on the 53-man roster the Steelers could place Watt on injured reserve. Given the new rules for 2020 Watt would have to miss 3 games and would then be eligible to return from IR.
Nix may not want to just be a fill in, but if he plays well in a stint with the Steelers he may get another job somewhere when Watt is ready to return.
Pittsburgh could also choose to play without a fullback. They run many plays out of a set with no fullback and could survive without Watt for a few games. Vance McDonald also saw some snaps at fullback after Watt left the game Sunday. He could continue to play some fullback and keep the Steelers from having to make any major roster moves.