Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber will have surgery Friday to repair his broken jaw, the team announced Tuesday.
Huber sustained a broken jaw when hit by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin during a first-quarter punt return in Sunday night's 30-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huber, in a neck brace Tuesday, said he will need four to six weeks of rehab after surgery on his jaw. Huber also cracked one vertebra during the hit.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Tuesday there should be no problems in Huber's comeback.
Asked if it was a dirty hit by Garvin, Huber didn't want to place blame.
"It's not an easy thing to watch," Huber said. "It's not my job to make that decision. He came for a block, he got me blocked, and they scored a touchdown. It worked out for them on that play. It's too bad it happened. I wish I could be out there playing."
Garvin's hit came as Antonio Brown was returning a punt 68 yards for a touchdown that put the Steelers on top 21-0.
No penalty was called on Garvin, whose helmet contacted Huber's chin. NFL rules define punters as "defenseless players" during a runback, meaning Garvin likely should have been penalized for his hit, wiping out the touchdown.
Huber, 28, averaged 40.5 yards per punt this year during his fifth season with the Bengals. After he was injured, Cincinnati kicker Mike Nugent took over punting duties Sunday, and he averaged 40 yards on two punts.
The Bengals will need to sign a punter for their home game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.