Last week, John Kuhn was named as a first alternate for the 2016 Pro Bowl. Now, it appears the Green Bay Packers' fullback has moved up in the pecking order. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the NFL has suspended the Oakland Raiders' Marcel Reese for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. If true, Reese's spot on the Pro Bowl roster would go to Kuhn.
In the past, a suspension for an AFC Pro Bowler would not have allowed an NFC alternate like Kuhn to sneak into the game. However, the league decided to decouple the selection process from conference affiliation last season. Now, two team captains select their rosters through a draft of the available Pro Bowl players.
Kuhn is no stranger to the all-star game, having received Pro Bowl nods in the 2010, '11 and '14. The Packers already have three players in this year's game, with Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and Josh Sitton earning inclusion on the initial vote.
On the year, Kuhn has rushed the ball seven times for 22 yards and two touchdowns. He also has 42 yards on four receptions.