Cardinals Announce Return of Key Starter in Cryptic Tweet

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Getty Arizona Cardinals center Rodney Hudson looks to the sideline during a preseason game August 13 against the Dallas Cowboys at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The Arizona Cardinals have announced the return of starting center Rodney Hudson. There were questions surrounding his future after missing offseason workouts and the release of offensive line photos without Hudson featured. However, everything has been worked out since coach Kliff Kingsbury addressed the situation. The “man in the middle” is back to protect Kyler Murray for another season.

Hudson, whose minicamp absences were unexcused by the team, will be among the veterans reporting to training camp on July 26 according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The 33-year-old three-time Pro Bowler is putting off retirement to play the second season of a three-year deal.

The Cardinals have one less thing to worry about with the Second Team All-Pro back in the fold. Though he missed voluntary workouts and mandatory minicamp dates, Hudson is a well-respected veteran presence in the locker room of a recent playoff team.

Fellow lineman Kelvin Beachum explained anyone who has“played as long as (Hudson) has understands the game, understands protections, understands how to put the offensive line in the best position to be successful. Knows how to communicate not only with the offensive line but also with our quarterback. … A leader in many rights, not only on the football field but also within the film room and making sure we’re all thinking and looking at the protections, at the plays, at the run game, all the same way,” told Arizona Sports’ Wolf & Luke on June 14.

Hudson stayed in touch with his teammates according to Beachum and explained it was a family-oriented decision regarding the summer sabbatical. Now D.J. Humphries, Kelvin Beachum, Will Hernandez, and Justin Pugh can worry about their main positions protecting Murray after splitting center duties since Day 1 of training camp.

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“The Narrative they tryna create on my dawg is ridiculous, He can run the show in any type of offense he just so happen to be in the one he in and doing it at a top level! And Every Wr whoever played with him knows that” Brown tweeted in reply.

The Cardinals have a center and a receiver ready to protect the quarterback going into training camp. Hudson’s teammates have accepted his process and respect the decision according to Beachum. It is a good place for the locker room just days away from training camp.

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