The Kansas City Chiefs offensive line was dealt a huge blow on Wednesday when starting center was forced onto injured reserve due to a broken bone in his leg.
The second-year lineman had impressed this season, his first as a starter with the Chiefs at center. He was taking over for veteran Casey Wiegmann, who had played over 10,000 consecutive snaps, after appearing in all 16 games as a rookie, but only starting one game at guard.
When Hudson went down in third quarter against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, he was replaced by starting guard Ryan Lilja with rookie Jeff Allen sliding into the lineup at guard. That group is the one Kansas City will go with for the immediate future.
Allen moving into the startling lineup left just rookie tackle Donald Stephenson as the only reserve lineman on the team. The Chiefs took care of that problem by announcing they have signed veteran linemen Ross Hochstein and Bryan Mattison.