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Chiefs lose center Rodney Hudson for the season

When the Chiefs signed veteran offensive lineman Russ Hochstein, the thought was that the team needed someone to help cover for the anticipated absence of center Rodney Hudson in the coming weeks.

That was true, although it wasn’t clear at the time that they’d need that help for at least the next 14 weeks. Hudson has a broken leg and will miss the remainder of the season. The team did not consider using the injured reserve/recall option for Hudson, a second-round pick last year.

“It does not require surgery,” Crennel said, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. “He’s got to be off of it for several weeks and then has several weeks on crutches. It’s going to be most of the season, and that’s why he’s not going to be able to come back. By the time he gets back, the season is going to be over. I don’t know that we want to use that on him.”

The team also signed former Rams and Ravens offensive lineman Bryan Mattison. Mattison has experience at both guard and center, giving the Chiefs options going forward as they try to build the most effective offensive line. For now, they will stick with the lineup they used after Hudson’s injury last weekend. Ryan Lilja will play center with rookie Jeff Allen at Lilja’s old left guard spot.

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7 Responses to “Chiefs lose center Rodney Hudson for the season”
  1. yelix says: Sep 27, 2012 12:27 PM

    Most of Jamaal’s big runs against New Orleans came after Hudson got hurt. I don’t mean to slight Hudson, but Lilja and Allen filled in very admirably. I hope Rodney Hudson recovers quickly and fully, because he has the potential to be a very good center.

  2. raidadon says: Sep 27, 2012 12:47 PM

    C’mon man! The big runs came after the line came to the realization that they could hold. Nothin to see here. Move along.

  3. bcfalcon says: Sep 27, 2012 12:48 PM

    I enjoyed watching him play at FSU, too bad. Heal up quickly the chiefs need you!

  4. joetoronto says: Sep 27, 2012 1:08 PM

    Well, they certainly have cap room to sign somebody else.

    28 million should do it. 🙂

  5. blacknole08 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:38 PM

    That sucks. He beasted at FSU while I was there and I was excited when he finally earned the starting role for the Chiefs. He has excellent potential.

    Get well Big Rod!

  6. yelix says: Sep 27, 2012 2:13 PM


    Oh, give it a rest. Your Raiders used to spend tons of money under Al and it netted them 5 wins a year, tops. In week 4 of the regular season, there are no good high-priced free agent centers left.

  7. wittenspleen says: Sep 27, 2012 3:44 PM

    “several weeks down, then several weeks on crutches”, sounds like the season will be almost over for the Chiefs, not the playoff teams

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