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Report: Cardinals center Rodney Hudson to return to Arizona for 2022 season

The return of starting Pro-Bowl center Rodney Hudson is welcome news before Training Camp for the 2022 season begins.
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Arizona Cardinals center Rodney Hudson (61) during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

PHOENIX — It appears the Arizona Cardinals will have their Pro Bowl anchor on the offensive line for the 2022 NFL season.

Center Rodney Hudson, 32, has decided to return to the Cardinals a play in the upcoming season, a report said. NFL insider Ian Rapoport released the news on Twitter Monday afternoon.

Rapoport said Hudson informed the team he's returning and will play in 2022. He added Hudson will be with the veterans when they report next Tuesday. 

Questions about Hudson's availability began to surface earlier this off-season when he was an "unexcused absence" at the Cardinals' mandatory minicamp.

When asked during minicamp, Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury didn't add any details about Hudson's absence when he spoke to reporters.

“We’re working through something with him,” Kingsbury said.

It appears that Hudson has worked through whatever caused his absence from team activities earlier this year.

The Cardinals traded a third-round pick to acquire Hudson and a seventh-round choice before the beginning of the 2021 season. Arizona and Hudson previously agreed to a three-year, $30 million extension that added two years to his deal that was set to expire this off-season.

Hudson spent 10 seasons with Chiefs, Raiders and Cardinals after being drafted out of Florida State.

Arizona sports 

The city of Phoenix is home to five major professional sports league teams; The NFL's Arizona Cardinals, NBA's Phoenix Suns, WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, MLB's Arizona Diamondbacks and NHL's Arizona Coyotes.  

The Cardinals have made the State Farm Stadium in Glendale their home turf and the Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix is home to both the Suns and the Mercury. The Indoor Football League’s Arizona Rattlers also play at the Footprint. Phoenix has a soccer team with the USL's Phoenix Rising FC. 

The Valley hosts multiple major sporting events on a yearly basis, including college football's Fiesta Bowl and Cactus Bowl; the PGA Tour’s highest-attended event, the Waste Management Phoenix Open; NASCAR events each spring and fall; and Cactus League Spring Training.

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