Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick (61) celebrates after a win against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Hardwick injured in minicamp, severity unknown

San Diego Chargers C Nick Hardwick was injured during practice today. He limped off of the field and did not return. Currently, the severity of the injury is not known.

This is the toughest part of this time of year. An injury can occur to one of the star players when we haven’t even stepped on the field to play a game. We lost Melvin Ingram and Danario Alexander last season before we could even see them in action. We don’t need that type of injury.

Hopefully everything will be good with Hardwick. If he were to miss any significant amount of time, the team re-signed Rich Ohrnberger in the offseason to be his backup and the team also drafted Chris Watt who the team is grooming to be the center of the future. We don’t need to see Watt playing that position this early in his career, but the team did draft him for a reason.

Hardwick wanted to play this season because he wanted to be part of Philip Rivers best season as a pro. I am going to believe that he still will be able to do it.

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  • tonyloc1970 .

    Man, I sure hope he is ok prior to camp. If he needs to sit the rest of this minicamp then so be it.

  • Guest

    June 17, 2014

    Apparently he was in a walking boot, but should be fine.

    • Peter Thompson

      Thank God.

  • Peter Thompson

    Yeah… “we don’t need to draft a high round pure center.. we need pass rushers, and a receiver”…”we can fill the center position next year though free agency, or the draft.” Oh… AND my favorite… “Hardwick is an old and average center” Pfffft… I don’t even wanna hear it. If he can’t go in game one… get ready for the depth, and the learning curve effect. He is a phenomenal Charger, a great dude, and more important this season than anyone can phathom. Hope it isn’t too serious. This was probably his (and his family’s) worst nightmare. Please be OK, Nicky-H!!!!

    • NativeSanDiegan

      I’m a tad late on this one Pete. Agree 100%; Nick is invaluable to line in every intangible and for continuity. As players get older, the glaring manifestation is more injuries and length of time to recuperate. And I’m tired of “the walking boot”. Prevents further injury, but why do these types of injuries keep happening to us? Is it the field, the types of drills, the strength and conditioning hurting flexibility, or all of the above? It’s so bloody frustrating! And we better not injure our own players in training camp. Are you listening Addai and Wright?

      • Peter Thompson

        Everyone wants the sexy picks, NSD. They fail to realize that you have to make sensible picks too, because there are more positions on the team besides wide receiver and pass rusher.

  • Peter Thompson

    That move to retain Ohrnberger, and sign Chris Watt is looking pretty wise right now, eh? Anyone wanna ask me again why Watt was my favorite signing?