Cardinals won’t have top starter in Week 6 vs. the Browns

(Photo by Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports) Rodney Hudson
(Photo by Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports) Rodney Hudson /

Arizona Cardinals center Rodney Hudson left Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with a rib injury. Hudson will not be playing the Week 6 showdown with the Cleveland Browns.

In what could be a disastrous occurrence for the Arizona Cardinals, Rodney Hudson was ruled out for this Week’s road trip against the Cleveland Browns. Max Garcia replaced Hudson last Sunday and did a decent job, and it’s almost as if there wasn’t much of a drop-off in performance between the two.

That is great in one way, but also bad in another. Garcia is a converted center after playing guard for most of his career leading up and into the NFL. If your first position isn’t center, then it does take a lot of time to get used to it. Garcia is going to have to make calls at the line of scrimmage, assign blocks, find the middle linebacker (the “MIKE”) and so much more.

Can Garcia do that with the likes of Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney barrelling down off of stunts? How Garcia handles the interior part of the line will be one of the most critical matchups come Sunday,

Rodney Hudson not playing creates havoc for Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray definitely did not have his best game last week against the San Francisco 49ers. It was the first time this season that Murray actually had his defense truly win the game from start to finish. What’s happening with opposing defenses is that Murray loves to scramble to his left.

It’s what the Seattle Seahawks did last season in their second matchup in Seattle last year. The 49ers also limited this oft-used escape route for Murray this past week as well. The Browns defense is a much more experienced group, and they have the tools necessary to make each game a nightmare.

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There is going to be more pressure up the middle and most likely some sort of spy on Murray’s left side. Arizona’s offensive line will have to have their best game of the season on Sunday and Murray will have to trust the pocket and step up and into throws- no more fadeaway throws.