The Advocate later reported that Hilliard will miss at least the next two games, but may return for the bowl game.
Hilliard suffered what CBS sideline reporter Allie LaForce called during the Alabama game a "shoulder stinger." It happened on the third play of the game, when he collided with Landon Collins after converting a first down via an option pitch. He did not return to the game after that play.
Les Miles most recently called Hilliard "day-to-day" during his post-practice press conference Wednesday. He described the injury as a "pretty good size bruise" on Monday, but was hopeful that he would return to the field.
According to Friday's report, Hilliard's career may have come to an end.
The senior back had run for 431 yards this season with six touchdowns. The biggest moment of his season came against Ole Miss, when he racked up the majority of his 63 rushing yards that night on the Tigers' 95-yard game-winning touchdown drive. That series featured one of the highlights of his career.
Hilliard's other big moment this year came in LSU's come-from-behind victory against Wisconsin. He ran for 110 yards against the Badgers, including the game-winning 28-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.
Should Hilliard's career really be over, he'll finish with 1,531 yards on 299 attempts with 27 rushing touchdowns.
Likely in reference to the injury, Hilliard tweeted this earlier in the week:
Minor setback, for a major comeback— kenny hilliard (@noceilings27) November 11, 2014
Gotta get healthy— kenny hilliard (@noceilings27) November 14, 2014