From the Truman Sports Complex
Every offensive play starts with a snap from the center.
Right now, we aren’t sure who is going to make that snap on Sunday for the Chiefs against the Cincinnati Bengals.
It is part of the domino effect of RG Jon Asamoah being declared out of Sunday’s game because of a thumb injury that required surgery on Wednesday. Crennel indicated that veteran Russ Hochstein (right) would take his spot in the starting lineup.
But it turns out Hochstein looks like he’s going to play center and that Ryan Lilja is going to move over to right guard. That’s what the offensive line showed during the early part of Thursday’s practice that was open to the media. It doesn’t mean that’s how things will go down against the Bengals, but it tells us that it’s under consideration.
“I can neither confirm nor deny any of that,” Hochstein said in his best New England Patriots voice after Thursday’s practice. “I’ll play wherever they tell me to play and help out where they need me.”
Lilja moved from left guard to center six games ago when starter Rodney Hudson went down with a season ending leg injury.
The practice reports for Thursday:
OUT β G Jon Asamoah (thumb)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE β WR Jon Baldwin (head/neck), TE Jake O’Connell (ankle).
LIMITED β TE Steve Maneri (ankle).
FULL β WR Dwayne Bowe (thigh), NT Dontari Poe (knee).
DID NOT PARTICIPATE β S Reggie Nelson (hamstring).
LIMITED β LB Vontaze Burfict (elbow), DB Nate Clements (knee), C Jeff Faine (hamstring), CB Adam Jones (calf), WR Marvin Jones (knee), S Taylor Mays (knee).
FULL β DT Devon Still (back).