Treading Through Uncertainty

The unknown can be scary, particularly when one road ahead is clouded with uncertainty.

With every passing day, it is becoming clearer that the Pittsburgh Steelers are ready to move on from running back James Conner. Despite owner Art Rooney Jr. once stating the possibility of bringing him back, his actions or lack thereof indicates the contrary.

With unquestionable talent and work ethic, Conner's biggest enemy has been his body, specifically injuries. Since playing 14 games in this rookie season, he has yet to play more than 13 games. Even with these games, continuous ailments prevented him from realizing his true potential.

This past season was much of the same when it came to injuries; they were varied and frequent. In week 1 against the New York Giants, Conner left the game with an ankle injury, and watched as backup Benny Snell Jr. racked up 113 rushing yards in their victory. Following a dismal performance in their week 14 loss against the Buffalo Bills, the team revealed he was dealing with a quad injury. Even with a range of strong performances between weeks 2 to 5, his production deceased as the injuries started to mound during the latter portion of the season.

At this point, Conner has yet to sign with another team. With the Steelers looking to go in a new direction, Conner has expressed his fears on social media. Yet, when we speak of a man that once battle and overcame cancer, his mindset is one that is unwilling to quit. No matter what the future holds, he will somehow find a way to evolve and thrive in it.

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