It’s not uncommon for players in any sport to reconsider their retirement and return to the game they’ve loved all their life. Very simply, players play and it can be tough to move on. So it’s not a surprise to hear Ryan Lilja is receptive to returning to the Kansas City Chiefs, as the Kansas City Star has reported.
Other than Lilja still possibly having a desire to play, is there more to see here?
Remember, though he had never played the position before, Lilja stepped in admirably for Rodney Hudson at center after the second-year player broke a bone in his leg in Week 3 and landed on injured reserve.
Since Hudson went down, there has been little news about his status for this upcoming season. We know he’s attending the off season workouts, but not how much he’s participating.
Considering how he held his own at center while learning on the fly, Lilja could come in and provide a better insurance policy than a draft pick or a journeyman off the street.
And if there is any reason for head coach Andy Reid to think he needs a contingency plan, we can start worrying about Hudson’s recovery from the broken bone in his leg.