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KANSAS CITY, Mo. The last time Chiefs guard Ryan Lilja had to play center in an NFL game before last Sunday was...well...never.
In fact, Lilja, who now becomes the Chiefs' starting center because of Rodney Hudson's season-ending injury, can't remember playing the position in college or high school or even Pee Wee football, for that matter.
OK, there was that one time he played center...in junior-high basketball.
It's going to be different, no doubt, Lilja said Wednesday. Nerve-wrecking isn't the right term. I'm not freaking out. But when you play a certain position so long as I have at guard, there are things you don't have to think about. And now you do. It's not second nature to me to play center. I'm running things through my head that I never have before.
But I've been taking a lot of snaps in the spring and summer. That's been the contingency plan and I feel I'm ready.
Lilja's audition couldn't have gone much better ...
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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...
Center Rodney Hudson was placed on injured reserve by the Kansas City Chiefs with a right knee injury suffered in the second half against New Orleans on Sunday. Hudson walked off the field to the bench under his own power, but was then taken off the field on a cart. Offensive linemen Russ Hochstein and Bryan Mattison were signed. A veteran of 138 games, Hochstein has spent time...
Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe was limited Thursday because of an injured thigh.Fantasy Spin:Bowe is the team's only top-tier receiver so if he can't go Sunday versus the Chargers, it would be a huge blow to quarterback Matt Cassel's fantasy value. We're not sure of the extent of Bowe's injury and the fact that he's being described as "limited" as opposed...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs put cornerback Jacques Reeves on injured reserve Tuesday.
The veteran defender has been dealing with a hamstring issue that kept him out of the Chiefs' 27-24 overtime victory at New Orleans on Sunday. Kansas City plays San Diego this Sunday.
Reeves has started 34 of the 90 games he's played in the NFL, but he stepped away from the game for...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs put center Rodney Hudson on injured reserve Wednesday with a broken bone in his left leg and signed offensive linemen Russ Hochstein and Bryan Mattison to provide depth.
The moves came one day after Kansas City put cornerback Jacques Reeves on IR.
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said veteran guard Ryan Lilja will start at center on Sunday against San...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs were trailing New Orleans 24-6, well on their way to a third straight humiliating defeat. Then the defense stiffened, Jamaal Charles started to gouge the Saints for big yards and Kansas City suddenly has new life.
The Chiefs (1-2) will try to build on the momentum generated by the 27-24 overtime thriller next Sunday when they face the San Diego Chargers...
According to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was limited in Thursday practice because of a thigh injury. Fellow wide receiver Steve Breaston has a sore knee and will try to practice.
I’m sure Bowe and Breaston will be fine for Sunday’s game. We’ll monitor them as we get closer to game day.
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer It wasn't until the middle of last season that Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, the defensive coordinator at the time, finally saw the light come on for linebacker Justin Houston.
The technique, the scheme, the speed of the game - it all clicked one night in Chicago.
The third-round draft pick with the first-round talent finally...
Week 3 is over and the only thing you hear about is the replacement refs but the only guys that really matter are the kickers!
The “Mess in Miami” is something that was not Vanderjacked worthy. Dan Carpenter missed two field goals, including one in overtime. Carpenter was only 2-4 on the day and certainly must take the brunt of the boos on this one. Of course not much went right...
Nothing went right for the Kansas City Chiefs in their first two games while little could have gone better for the San Diego Chargers.
Week 3 was a considerably different story.
The Chiefs look to build off their stunning comeback victory Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chargers are hoping to bounce back from an ugly no-show.
San Diego's early season struggles were...
The AFC West is getting worse than the Big Ten these days and that is thanks to both of the favorites performing like duds lately.
Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense has been a joke without a healthy Ryan Mathews in the backfield, but they should be in contention for a division title all season long.
Rivers has 4 TD and 3 INT, but 688 yards are skewed numbers once you realize...