The Packers locker room is dark and empty now. The carpet in the hallway is being steam-cleaned, the music system is switched off and the incessant whirr of the driers in the nearby laundry room hasn’t been heard in a week.
John Kuhn still reports to Lambeau Field each morning, however, on crutches, changes at his locker and goes into the training room. There the medical staff works on his right knee, which he injured in the third quarter against the Giants in the Divisional playoff on Jan. 15.
“It’s kind of eerie,” Kuhn said. “There’s nobody here. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that for a serious knee injury it’s about as good as you could hope for.”
Kuhn suffered a sprained knee, but not a torn ACL, which demands surgery and the longest rehabilitation time. The joint is still swollen and purple, and he has at least two months of work ahead. Unlike his teammates, the fullback won’t be leaving Green Bay anytime soon. He’s not even driving yet – Kuhn stays at the facility until after lunch, then his wife Lindsey picks him up.
“I knew it was something serious when it happened,” he said. “I didn’t know exactly how bad, and we had to wait until the next day to get final word.
“Now we’ll work on the range of motion over the next eight weeks, get the swelling down and get back to full strength. By the time everyone else gets here for the offseason conditioning program in April I’ll be finishing up.”
The injury and early exit from the postseason have hit him hardest. There was also a missed opportunity to play in his first Pro Bowl, a milestone achievement for the former undrafted player from Shippensburg that the Packers plucked off the waiver wire in 2007. Kuhn and Lindsey would have left for Hawaii earlier this week.
“It’s a bit of a downer, I’d like to have gone,” he said. “Rather than going and taking a risk with it, I want to get my knee right. I will be 100 percent by June. That’s when OTAs start. That’s what I’m working toward.”
Kuhn describing what it’s like to have 70,000 fans call his name at once at Lambeau Field:
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