Emptying out the notebook from the week that was with the Green Bay Packers:
Kuhn's value: The importance of the fullback in the NFL has waned to the point that they're nearly extinct. But the Packers pay theirs $2.35 million in salary and bonuses this season for things like he did last Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Fullback John Kuhn played a key role in the 60-yard run by Eddie Lacy on the first play of the third quarter. Kuhn helped guard T.J. Lang with a combination block of linebacker Cameron Lawrence and then cleared room on the second level with a perfect cut block of safety Barry Church, who wasn't even Kuhn's responsibility. "He actually blocked a guy who wasn't his man," Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt said. "His guy got trapped inside and he saw the safety coming down and laid out basically and cut the guy down to the ground, which sprung Eddie. It was a tremendous job by John reacting and being a football player out there and finding somebody to block." Kuhn will be a free agent at the end of the season, but plays like that can only help his cause.
Weather reports: Dump trucks hauled snow out of Lambeau Field on Friday, but there could be plenty more to come by the time Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers kicks off. Another six inches of snow could fall. That's of particular concern to Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, who may have to alter his play calling because of it. "Sometimes, bad conditions like that, you want to try to keep your defensive backs out of one-on-one situations because one slip -- the receiver knows where he's going," Capers said. "It makes it tough on defensive backs if they're in a lot of one-on-one situations."
Jolly's impact: When defensive tackle Johnny Jolly made the Packers' roster coming out of training camp after a three-year exile from the league while serving jail time and a suspension, it was one of the feel-good stories of the summer. But as the season wore on, Jolly proved to be more than just a happy tale. Even at age 30, Jolly proved to be a solid contributor. Even with a season-ending neck injury, Jolly looks like he's worth bringing back for another season. "He's been a leader out there," veteran defensive tackle Ryan Pickett said. "He's been playing great. He's been a whole lot. We're going to miss him out there, for sure." It wasn't immediately known whether Jolly would need surgery
Milestone moments: It's that time of the year when NFL players tend to hit individual milestones. A couple could happen Sunday against the Steelers. Lacy needs just 78 yards to break the club's rookie rushing record of 1,105 set by John Brockington in 1971. Linebacker A.J. Hawk needs 11 tackles to become the team's career leader. John Anderson holds the record with 1,020 from 1978-89.
Thompson's response: General manager Ted Thompson has not spoken publicly since quarterback Aaron Rodgers' collarbone injury. Asked if Thompson were available for comment, a team spokesman said no. However, with growing pressure on the Packers to explain their decision to keep Rodgers out, there's a possibility that Thompson will decide to speak this week. Stay tuned.