Kansas City Chiefs center Rodney Hudson is not on anyone’s fantasy football team in 2012. Most owners have absolutely no idea who Hudson even is, as he is not eligible to be drafted or picked up off of waivers in any league. So tell me how it could be that his injury could hurt so many fantasy teams going forward?
It is simple.
Although Hudson is not on any fantasy team, Jamaal Charles certainly is. After returning from an ACL injury suffered early last season, Charles had his biggest game last week when he rushed for 233 yards in a big win over the New Orleans Saints.
I’m sure many of you may still be asking why Hudson is so important to this story.
I’m getting to that point.
Charles may be in charge in Kansas City, but Hudson was at the center of the offense. Literally.
Hudson was the starting center for the Chiefs. That is, until he broke his leg against the Saints on Sunday. That injury will end Hudson’s 2012 NFL season.
That means that the offensive line in Kansas City will have to undergo a bit of a makeshift for the rest of the season, starting with Sunday when the Chiefs host the San Diego Chargers.
With Hudson lost for the rest of the season, Ryan Lilja is expected to take over as the team’s starting center. He will shift from starting left guard, while Jeff Allen is likely to step into Lilja’s former spot. But while Lilja may not be thrilled with the move, he understands that is what it is like being an offensive lineman in the NFL. You have to prepare for anything on a given week or season.
“I was comfortable at my position,” Lilja told The Kansas City Star. “But on the offensive line you have to be able to play more than one position. It’s too bad about Rodney, but it happens all the time so you’ve got to be ready.”
We will see just how ready Lilja is this Sunday. The Chiefs also went out and signed a pair of veteran linemen in Russ Hochstein and Bryan Mattison. Both could be called upon for start spot duty and could be counted on more as the season progresses.
Still, this is a big loss for the Chiefs. Their running game is their identity on offense, and it all starts with a solid offensive line. While still talented, losing Hudson will certainly hurt the team going forward.
How much it effects the stats of Charles and the rest of the Chiefs offense remains to be seen.