KANSAS CITY, Mo. Desperate times, desperate measures. Feel like playing a little center, Eric Winston?
"No, no," the hulking Chiefs tackle said Monday, the first Victory Monday of Kansas City's young 2012 campaign. "We're in deep trouble if that happens, I promise you that."
Speaking of trouble, win No. 1 in New Orleans a 27-24 overtime escape came with more than a few casualties attached, once the smoke finally cleared. Slot receiver Dexter McCluster got his elbow bent like a Gumby doll. Running back Peyton Hillis tweaked his ankle. And center Rodney Hudson wound up getting carted off in the third quarter with a knee injury, forcing a game of musical chairs on the Chiefs' offensive line.
Guard Ryan Lilja moved over to center, a position he said he hadn't played in ages. Rookie Jeff Allen came off the bench to fill Lilja's spot at left guard. As of late Monday evening, the Chiefs still didn't have a true backup center on the 53-man roster.
So with the spectre of 0-3 avoided, ...