With starting center Rodney Hudson down following a knee injury sustained in Week 3's win over the New Orleans Saints, the Kansas City Chiefs have signed veteran offensive lineman Russ Hochstein to a one-year contract, according to a report by Adam Caplan of The Sideline View.
When Hudson left Sunday's game with the injury, guard Ryan Lilja made the move over to center for the remainder of the contest. Hochstein, however, could represent a more long-term replacement should Hudson not return to the field in a timely manner. During his career, Hochstein has played the guard, center, fullback and tight end positions.
A 12-year guard and center out of Nebraska, Hochstein, 34, was released by the Arizona Cardinals after participating in training camp with the team, and most recently played with Denver Broncos from 2009-11. Prior to that, he spent 2002-08 with the New England Patriots, winning two Super Bowl championships, and 2001-02 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Chiefs will host the San Diego Chargers in Week 4 this Sunday at 12 p.m. CT.