Nick Hardwick out for season with neck injury

By Ernie Padaon

Sep 8, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick (61) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

This is a big blow for the San Diego Chargers offense. Nick Hardwick is out for the year with a neck injury. This could be his last season in the league. Tough break for the Chargers offensive line.

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With Hardwick out, the Chargers will lean on Rich Ohrnberger to take the starting center job and rookie Chris Watt could get a chance to become the starting center as well. Watt will likely fill the backup role until the team signs someone else onto the roster.

Hardwick returned this season so that he could play another season with Philip Rivers and the crew, but could not last past the first game. He had to leave early in the game because of an injury and had to sit out.

The Chargers did make sure to sign Ohrnberger again in the offseason and did make the move to take Chris Watt in the draft. I could see Watt working more and more to become the starter at center.