For Ziggy Ansah, it was more than a sack.

When Ansah fought through a double-team for his fifth sack of the season on the final play of the third quarter of last week's Thanksgiving loss to the Minnesota Vikings, it was a reminder that, even in this injury-filled season, the Detroit Lions most talented defensive end is capable of big things when he's on the field.

"I just got to stay focused," Ansah said Monday. "I know I’ve been dealing with a lot this year, but I think the most important thing is for me to continue to do what I do, take care of my body and be able to be on the field cause that’s where I thrive."

Ansah has had a trying season in his contract year.

He has five sacks, yes, but three came in one game against the New York Giants, the fourth should have been credited to teammate Akeem Spence, and he's been on the injury report every week with knee and back injuries.

The knee, which Ansah said previously shouldn't require offseason surgery, sidelined him for all of training camp and left him looking like a shell of himself through the season's first two months.

The back injury popped up as the calendar flipped to November, and forced Ansah to sit out wins over the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears before returning to play just 32 of a possible 73 defensive snaps against the Vikings.