Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn is still not fully recovered from a right knee injury he suffered during the team’s playoff loss in January, and he may not be full-go when the Packers open up training camp on July 26.
According to Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin, Kuhn is unsure whether he’ll be able to participate fully in camp.
“Those decisions aren’t up to myself. I anticipate being able to do some work, but I’m not exactly sure what that’s going to be. It will be something on the field, but I’m just not sure how many active plays it will include…I feel healthy enough. But sometimes you feel healthy enough and coaches and doctors want to be cautious. We’ll see.”
Kuhn left in the second half of the Packers’ playoff loss to the New York Giants with a reported knee injury.
The diagnosis has been widely believed to be a MCL tear of some degree, and this news may confirm that the injury was worse than what was originally believed. Back in January, Kuhn did not require surgery and most speculated that he would be 100 percent well before training camp opened.
This offseason, Kuhn has missed all of organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamps, with undrafted rookie Nic Cooper and 2011 practice squader Jon Hoese taking the snaps in his place. If Kuhn isn’t back to full strength before the start of the 2012 season, Packers GM Ted Thompson may have to consider keeping either Cooper or Hoese on the active roster.
In 2011, Kuhn was the lone fullback on the Packers roster. Both Quinn Johnson and Korey Hall were sent packing last summer after joining Kuhn in a three-fullback combo for Green Bay in 2010. With the spot all to himself, Kuhn earned a spot in the Pro Bowl but was forced to miss the game with his knee injury.
Kuhn rushed for 78 yards (2.6 yards/carry) and four touchdowns in 2011, while also catching 15 passes for 77 yards and two scores. Two years ago, Kuhn rushed for 281 yards (3.3 yards/carry) and four touchdowns, plus 97 receiving yards and two more scores. In all, Kuhn has contributed 12 total touchdowns and over 500 combined yards the last two seasons.