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Chiefs’ Zach Fulton ready to play center again, if needed

Kansas City Chiefs guard Zach Fulton took over at center during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 29, 2015.
Kansas City Chiefs guard Zach Fulton took over at center during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 29, 2015. deulitt@kcstar.com

Chiefs center Mitch Morse missed practice for the second straight day Wednesday as he recovers from a concussion he suffered in the regular-season finale against the Raiders on Sunday.

If Morse can’t play Saturday, second-year pro Zach Fulton would be the next man up.

“We don’t know for sure yet, but I’m always prepared to go,” Fulton said.

Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Zach Fulton spoke Wednesday about the possibility of starting at center, substituting for Mitch Morse on the concussion protocol. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT deulitt@kcstar.com

Fulton has started only two games in his career at center, even dating back to his college days at Tennessee. He started there in the Chiefs’ preseason road game against the Rams in August, and he started there in a 34-20 win over the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 6.

After his performance against the Raiders, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Fulton “did a heck of a job.”

“Just having some experience underneath my belt makes you feel a little bit more confident in playing anywhere they want me to, really,” Fulton said.

Fulton, a sixth-round pick in 2014, was a 16-game starter a year ago at right guard. He’s been active for all 16 games this season, starting six — one at center, three at right guard and two at left guard.

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston spoke to the media Wednesday about playing in Saturday's AFC Wild Card game against the Texans. Houston has been sidelined since Week 12 with a hyperextended knee during the Bills game. VIDEO BY DAVID E

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