Edwin Hodge

Looks like One Tree Hill's Clay may make a new friend in the aftermath of his shooting.

Edwin Hodge has been cast in an early Season 8 episode as a character who is seriously injured in a car accident while texting, a show rep tells TVGuide.com. The character will cross paths will Clay (Robert Buckley), who remains in the hospital following his shooting in the Season 7 finale.

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Hodge, 25, recently appeared alongside his brother, Aldis Hodge, in the Season 3 premiere of Leverage. He previously starred on the WB's Jack & Bobby and has also guest-starred on Invasion and Boston Public.

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One Tree Hill returns Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 8/7c on the CW. Hodge's episode is scheduled to air September 28.