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Fichtner Credits James Conner For Toughness, Playing Through Ankle Injury

James Conner missed three weeks with an ankle sprain last season. Like most players, he returned to the lineup despite being less than 100%. Given how critical a game it was, the Week 17 finale was a must win against the Cincinnati Bengals, he did all he could to give the Steelers a chance to make the playoffs.

Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner admitted as such in his media scrum earlier this week, responding to a question about Conner’s durability.

“I thought when he did come back, he was strong and fought through because he was still hurt,” he told reporters via the team website.