Remember Markus Kuhn? The German-born defensive tackle selected in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Giants? It's a name that has flown under the radar since he tore his ACL in a week 10 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but one that may become extremely important to the Giants moving forward.
Kuhn had begun to show rapid improvement in his rookie season, and had become well-liked by both his teammates and the fans. But following his injury, Kuhn drifted into the shadows and became an afterthought as the Giants endured another second half collapse.
But now, as he promised, he's back. Or at least getting close.
“Now having a serious injury and having gone through all the long rehab process is something new and definitely something I’d rather not do, but it is what it is,” Kuhn recently told Giants.com. “I’m making the best out of it right now and it’s getting a lot better already.”
“I think what I have to work on is becoming a better pass rusher, which is important in the league,” Kuhn said. “And also from a defensive tackle standpoint as well, if you can stop the run, sure, that’s your number one responsibility, but then transform from run into pass and rush the passer.”
The opportunity will certainly be there for Kuhn if he goes into training camp healthy, but as we've seen a number of times in the very recent past, rushing back from an ACL tear doesn't typically end well. By the time July rolls around, Kuhn will be eight months into his rehab and could possibly need upwards of another four months to heal. Then again, depending on the severity of the injury, he may be 100% by then. Time will tell.
Whatever the case may be, Kuhn will have an opportunity at some point in 2013 … and he's determined to make the most of it.
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