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Bears start rookie Hroniss Grasu at center Sunday against Kansas City

When Jay Cutler gets under center for the first time Sunday afternoon against Kansas City, it will be with a new battery partner. Hroniss Grasu will be making his first career start at center.

The rookie from Oregon was announced as the starter Sunday morning just a few hours before the start of the game.

Grasu will be the youngest center Cutler has ever had in the NFL.

Who would start at center was a big question throughout the week. Matt Slauson finished last week’s game at center, with the coaching staff unsure of Grasu’s readiness.

Throughout the preseason, the undersized Grasu looked still unready for the next level. He is, however, a true center and not trying to make a position change.

Grasu was a three year starter at center for Oregon. During that time, the Ducks played in a number of big games, including last year’s championship.