Originally posted on NFL News & Rumors  |  Last updated 9/26/12

From the moment he was helped off the field in last Sunday’s game, the injury suffered by Rodney Hudson looked to be serious enough that it would cost him most, if not all, of the remainder of this season.

Those fears were realized today, as the Chiefs placed Hudson on the injured reserve list, ending the 2012 campaign for him just three weeks in. Hudson reportedly broke a bone in his leg during Kansas City’s surprise 27-24 come from behind victory over New Orleans, and now the Chiefs will have to scramble a bit to fill his shoes going forward.

Hudson, 23, is in his second NFL season, and after spending most of last season on the bench, the Chiefs moved him into the starting role at center in the off-season.

Kansas City will likely use Ryan Lilja as their center this weekend, with rookie Jeff Allen stepping in to Lilja’s spot at left guard. The Chiefs have also signed several veteran players to help plug the hole left by Hudson’s injury, in Russ Hochstein and Bryan Mattison.

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