Packers HC Mike McCarthy said he was hopeful the 250-pound John Kuhn would be back for the Lions game, in which case he'd likely resume his role as the third-down specialist because of his skill set: picking up the blitz, catching the ball out of the backfield and pushing the pile in short-yardage situations.
"I think John will probably slide right back into that third-down role," Van Pelt said. "It's obviously a strength of his, pass protection. Alex has done a nice job the last two weeks filling in for John in that role.
"I think Aaron (Rodgers), in particular, feels comfortable with John back there."
Kuhn resuming third-down duties would obviously put a dent in the value of Alex Green, who is already losing carries to James Starks.