Cardinals’ Rodney Hudson leaves compulsory money camp Cliff Kingsbury says the absence is unforgivable.

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Rodney Hudson has been a notable absentee at the Arizona Cardinals’ compulsory manic camp. Without going into further details, Cardinals coach Cliff Kingsbury said Hudson’s absence was unforgivable.

The three-time Pro Bowl Center is entering its second season with the Hudson Cardinals. The 32-year-old spent his first six NFL seasons in Kansas City and the next four seasons with the Raiders. Hudson has one year to restructure his three-year, $ 30 million contract he signed with the Cardinals last spring.

“No updates. We’re working on something.” Kingsbury said Hudson’s absence. “As soon as we know, we’ll have that update.”

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With Hudson’s absence, veteran offensive lineman Justin Pigg is open, at least for the time being, to fill Hudson’s place at the center. The 13th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Pigs have started 114 of the 115 regular season games, mostly on tackle and guard.

“I could see myself playing in the center,” Pigg said. Through the team’s website. “I’ve removed the guard for the money. Why don’t I go out and see if I can play center? This off-season, with Kyler (Murray), the center is very important. Lots. There are centers that play old. Mentally it’s too intense, and that’s where I think I can succeed.

“We’ll try it. We’ll see how it goes. If I don’t play really well, you’ll see me on the left guard.”

The Cardinals are starting the regular 11-6 season and the franchise’s first playoff birth since 2015. While they didn’t splash too much off-season, the Cardinals managed to end a trade that brought the former Ravens wide out Marquise Brown to Arizona. Brown’s addition will help cover the absence of receiver D’Andre Hopkins, who will miss the first six games of the season after violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.