The Kansas City Chiefs will have to face the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night without guard Ryan Lilja.
Lilja received a head/neck injury last week against the Patriots and it appears as though that the injury is serious enough to already rule the veteran G out vs. Pittsburgh.
With Lilja on the shelf, rookie second round pick Rodney Hudson will likely get his first NFL start. Hudson came in for Lilja against the Patriots and seemed to hold his own pretty well. He’ll likely have his hands full playing against an aggressive and physical Steeler front seven.
Hudson is showing some versatility. It has been assumed that the Chiefs drafted him to eventually take over at center for Casey Wiegmann. As we know, the Chiefs also value players who can play more than one position. Hudson has actually played more guard than center so he may be more suited to take over for Lilja than Wiegmann at this point.
Other injury updates after the jump.
The Chiefs have a few more key players on the injury report.
DE Glenn Dorsey, who missed the Patriots game with a knee injury, was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice but was downgraded to limited yesterday.
Safety Jon McGraw, who is suffering from a shoulder injury, has participated fully in both practices this week.
ILB Demorrio Williams was a full participant on Wednesday but was limited on Thursday with a groin injury.