The good news for the Kuhn family is that Packers' fullback John Kuhn doesn't have a career-threatening injury. The bad news, however, is that Kuhn won't be playing in the NFL Pro Bowl in a couple weeks.
The Dover High School graduate was injured Sunday in the third quarter of the Packers' 37-20 loss to the New York Giants at Lambeau Field. He was carted off the field with a knee injury.
Kuhn's father, John, said Monday evening that his son will not be ready to go in time for the Pro Bowl in Hawaii on Jan. 29.
"He knows for sure he is not playing. He told me that today," Kuhn's father said. "He has to stay off his knee for a number of weeks."
Kuhn's father received that information via text message. His son said he underwent two MRIs on his knee on Monday and that "they came back looking good."
"He did tell me nothing is torn," Kuhn's father said.
Kuhn didn't specify which knee is injured.
Kuhn, 29, was selected to represent the National Football Conference as its starting fullback in the Pro Bowl, an honor he was looking forward to upholding.
"This is his first time (selected to the Pro Bowl)," Kuhn's father said. "He really took that seriously because it's part fans' vote, coaches' vote and players' vote. That's a heck of an honor."
The two-time Super Bowl champion scored Green Bay's only touchdown of the game on Sunday, grabbing an 8-yard pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers that tied the game at 10-10 around the start of the second quarter.
He also lost his first fumble of the season. He finished with one rushing attempt for two yards.
For the season, Kuhn had 78 rushing yards on 30 carries and four touchdowns. He also caught 15 passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns. This is his first serious injury over his six-year pro career.
"He's used to the normal bumps and bruises that a fullback takes," Kuhn's father said. "He never had anything that kept him out of the game. It's nothing career-ending or nothing like that. I was bummed when I went to bed too last night not knowing. He just sounded bummed out, too. But he got the MRIs today and they came back OK."
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