New Orleans Saints fullback John Kuhn (29) scores a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

The decision to designate John Kuhn for activation off of injured reserve was done in part to get the veteran fullback practicing again. 

New Orleans has 21 days to decide whether or not to put Kuhn on the active roster. 

"We essentially get a 54th body," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "I know that he wants to play and wants to continue his career." 

Kuhn, who has been working with the coaching and scouting staffs while injured in preparation for the eventual end of his career, wants to keep playing.

New Orleans already has Zach Line at fullback, but as the injuries at tight end have illustrated, the picture can change quickly. 

"He’s been hanging out with the coaching staff late nights, and we’re getting kind of tired of him really," Payton joked. "He can now go back down and start training. It will give him a chance to get back in the flow of things. You don’t know how things go." 

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