Preparing to face the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time linebacker Terence Gavin broke his jaw and ended his season last Dec. 15, Bengals punter Kevin Huber used Twitter to put his sense of humor on display this week:
It’s been nearly a full calendar year, but Huber still recalls his last run-in with the Pittsburgh Steelers in vivid detail.
The hit. The blood. The pain. The disappointment.
“I pretty much remember everything,” Huber said Wednesday afternoon as reporters asked him to relive the broken jaw and fractured vertebrae he suffered on an illegal hit by Pittsburgh linebacker Terence Gavin on Dec. 15.
“I didn’t see him, but I remember getting hit, being on the ground, the doctors coming out,” Huber added. “I remember I didn’t feel good, but no hit really feels good.”
In addition to ending Huber’s season, the vicious block helped spring Antonio Brown for a 67-yard touchdown that gave the Steelers a 21-0 first-quarter lead on the way to a 30-20 victory.
But Huber not only came back from the injury, he’s punting better than he ever has. He ranks second in the league in both gross average (47.5) and net (44.1). He trails Washington’s Tress Way (48.3) in gross and Indianapolis’ Pat McAfee (44.4) in net. Both numbers will be career highs if he can maintain them.
Huber also ranks fourth in the league in punt differential with a plus-20 mark (24 punts inside the 20, four touchbacks).
“It’s been a good turnaround, going from the lowest of the lows when you miss your first game to coming into this year where you’re ranked towards the top in a lot of categories,” Huber said. “Special teams have been playing really well this year. It’s good where we’re at right now.”