From the Truman Sports Complex
The Chiefs placed starting center Rodney Hudson on the injured-reserve list on Wednesday, ending his season after three games because of a broken bone in his right leg.
But they got good news on WR Dexter McCluster and his elbow injury. What appeared to be a severe problem from replays in New Orleans won’t even keep him off the practice field this week. He’ll be limited but head coach Romeo Crennel says he will practice on Wednesday.
Hudson was not designated for return, although there is an outside chance he might be rehabbed enough to play come the last few weeks of the season. Veteran Ryan Lilja will continue playing at center and rookie Jeff Allen will be the starter at left guard.
“It doesn’t require surgery,” Crennel said of Hudson’s injury. “He’ll be off it for several weeks and then he’ll be several weeks on crutches. It’s going to be most of the season. By the time he gets back the season is going to be over.”
He joined CB Jacques Reeves in moving to the injured-reserve list. The Chiefs are working on an injury settlement with Reeves. If it happens, he’ll be cut loose and on the street as a free agent. If it doesn’t happen, he will remain on the injured-reserve list.
To fill those two spots on the 53-man roster, the Chiefs have signed a pair of interior offensive linemen β G Russ Hochstein and G Bryan Mattison.
The soon to be 35-year old Hochstein (October 7) has been in the NFL for 12 seasons since playing his college football at Nebraska. He was a 5th-round draft choice of Tampa Bay in 2001 and has played for the Buccaneers, New England, Denver and Arizona since then. Hochstein (6-4, 305 pounds) has played in 138 games with 36 starts. He also owns three Super Bowl rings, one from Tampa Bay and two with the Patriots.
The 28-year old Mattison (6-3, 310 pounds) played at Iowa and has been with three teams in the NFL since being signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Jets. He also spent three seasons with Baltimore, one of those on the active roster. Last year he was in St. Louis; overall he’s played in 15 games with four starts. At Iowa he was a defensive player β his father is Greg Mattison, defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan and former NFL coach with the Ravens.