Saints fullback John Kuhn progressing nicely after two weeks of follow

The New Orleans Saints have a looming decision on fullback John Kuhn. 

The Saints designated Kuhn as returning to practice on Dec. 27, 2017, which opened a three-week window for the Saints to either leave Kuhn on injured reserve or activate him to the 53-man roster. 

The earliest the Saints could have brought back Kuhn was the past week, but so far so good on his progress as he remains on injured reserve. 

“He is doing well and he is in good shape,” coach Sean Payton said Friday, “and is a big part of this team.” 

The 6-foot, 250-pound Kuhn suffered a torn bicep during practice in the days leading to Week 4’s game against the Miami Dolphins in London. 

He underwent surgery in late October, and then remained in New Orleans for the rehabilitation process. 

While going through the recovery process, Kuhn spent time working with the coaching staff and helping prepare for weekly opponents before returning to practice in late December.

“Listen, he had that time where kind of met with us on offense and scouting, and then back with us on offense,” Payton said. “I was giving him a hard time today, after about a week of about 2 a.m.’s in the morning meetings, he could not wait to get the uniform back on.” 

The veteran fullback certainly appreciated Payton’s joke after working with the coaching staff. 

“He’s got that punch line down,” Kuhn said with a chuckle. “He’s been telling that one for a while now. They grind upstairs. It’s fun to be a football player in this league, for sure.” 

Kuhn also remains in good spirits after putting in two weeks of practice. 

“I feel good, I feel healthy,” he said. “Mentally, I’m there because I stayed here all year. I stayed within the game plans, I stayed within all that stuff, so physically and mentally I feel good.” 

The Saints have fullback Zach Line on the roster, so whether Kuhn is activated to the active roster after Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional Round remains to be seen. 

There would be no need to make the roster move should the Saints lose, of course, but a win means the Saints could have Kuhn available for the NFC Conference Championship game. 

Kuhn, however, prefers to not look at potential future scenarios because his focus falls on the present. 

“I’m looking forward to the Minnesota Vikings game and helping these guys out in any way that I can,” he said. “That’s the only focus that I have right now. I’m not looking forward past that.”

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