Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) hands the ball of to running back Ryan Mathews (24) during second quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Hardwick Suffered Concussion. Mathews and Fluker in Protective Boots

San Diego Chargers starting center Nick Hardwick was sidelined last weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals after taking a big hit to the head. He was diagnosed with a stinger during the game, but today we have learned that he has suffered a concussion and will have to go through the protocol in order to get back on the field. He will have to pass the concussion tests.

Rich Ohrnberger stepped in as the starter with Hardwick on the sideline on Sunday and he did a great job in his absence. We would love to have the leader of the offensive line back against the Broncos though. He is a key player to that offensive line.

We have seen a couple of concussions roll through our offensive line already this season. King Dunlap has had a couple of concussions this year and had to miss a few games because of it. We will have to see how Hardwick is able to recover from the injury.

A couple of other concerns for the team is the status of Ryan Mathews and D.J. Fluker. Both were in walking boots on the sideline at practice. They both have some sore ankles and it would be tough to win in Denver without their services.

Ryan Mathews did not finish the game against the Bengals last week. He played a couple of plays in the 3rd quarter and then sat on the sideline for the rest of the game. Mike McCoy has said that Mathews is on the same schedule as the last couple of weeks, so we will see if he is able to practice on Friday.

Fluker was seen jumping up and down celebrating the game last week, but he is fighting through an ankle injury as well. We will need him back on the field running over some defenders.


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  • Alex Pitrofsky

    Weddle is resting with a hurt hamstring. We need these guys healthy or we’re so screwed.

  • PakMaN

    I hope our team shows up and fucking SHUTS peyton manning down!

  • joerockt

    That’s a bummer about Hardwick. Lets hope it wasn’t too severe.

  • boloupboyz

    Pray for our boys guys!

  • Gunnar Martin

    So… what exactly is their game status?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      won’t know officially till friday. i bet they all play

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      biggest question will be hardwick… has to pass protocol first

  • arnie

    I’m not worried one bit. We’ve been through this so many times. Ohrnberger was in the game and i didn’t even notice, until Brown ripped off that big run. That was on Ohrnberger block, UP THE MIDDLE!?

  • Michael Popowich

    This news about Hardwick, now I’m really starting to worry.