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
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.
Chargers center Nick Hardwick injured during team drill in minicamp. Severity not known. Helped up from ground. Limped off. Didn't return.
— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) June 17, 2014
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.