Chiefs Sign OL Russ Hochstein

The Kansas City Chiefs quickly filled the open roster spot created by CB Jacques Reeves moving to injured reserve when they signed veteran OL Russ Hochstein.

Hochstein was a fifth-round pick of the Buccaneers and spent two seasons in Tampa Bay before spending seven years with the New England Patriots, where he spent time with Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel.

After his time with the Patriots, Hochstein moved to the AFC West, playing with the Denver Broncos the last three seasons.

He brings 138 games of experience, including 36 starts, to a Chiefs offensive line that is suffering from a severe lack of depth. With the uncertainty surrounding the knee injury suffered by starting center Rodney Hudson, the only other reserve lineman on the active roster is rookie tackle Donald Stephenson.

The Chiefs had been keeping their backup center, former defensive lineman Lucas Patterson, on the practice squad, but last he was moved to the practice squad injured list.

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