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Chargers lose starting center until December

The gaping hole in the middle of San Diego’s defensive line now has a counterpart on offense.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Chargers will be without starting center Nick Hardwick until December after he underwent surgery on his left ankle Wednesday. 

He’s expected to miss “at least” eight weeks, so the team will have to consider placing him on season-ending injured reserve.  The Chargers lost nose tackle Jamal Williams for the season last week. 

One of the flying Mruczkowski brothers — Scott — took Hardwick’s place in the starting lineup against Baltimore and should have the job indefinitely.

The Chargers have averaged 65 yards per game on the ground through two games, which is 30th in the league.

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11 Responses to “Chargers lose starting center until December”
  1. twinkletoes says: Sep 23, 2009 6:14 PM

    Wow, more fallout from the Raiders game.

  2. screaming sheep says: Sep 23, 2009 6:16 PM

    Oh Mr. Hardwick!

  3. BoltFan17 says: Sep 23, 2009 6:29 PM

    Will someone point out that this happened on a deadball play and the Raiders dlineman kept driving after numerous whistles!

  4. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Sep 23, 2009 6:49 PM

    Man, it had been a long while since I’d seen that kind of a beating up front, when the Raiders DL literally beat the crap out of the Chargers OL.
    Charger O-lineman were scattered all over the field.
    San Diego won the battle, but they lost the war.

  5. boltschick says: Sep 23, 2009 7:23 PM

    @Boltfan17
    This happened on a deadball play.
    Players who cause injuries after the ball is dead should be heavily fined IMO. Instead, the league fined Rivers for spiking the ball when another Raiders’ lineman did the same thing on the next play.

  6. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam says: Sep 23, 2009 7:45 PM

    Chargers linemen scattered on Monday night’s highway bleeding / Ghosts crowd a young quarterback’s fragile eggshell mind.
    — The Lizard King

  7. GoBears84 says: Sep 23, 2009 8:39 PM

    and this is the team florio put at what….spot 7 of his power rankings?? HA!

  8. VegasBronco says: Sep 23, 2009 8:44 PM

    Charger nation..you better be ready to pass 50 times a game because you can not run it and the other team will run on the defensive line at will.
    Philip Rivers is now the only option and will not be able to win with his bad wheels.

  9. comment_submission_error says: Sep 23, 2009 9:17 PM

    # boltschick says: September 23, 2009 7:23 PM
    @Boltfan17
    This happened on a deadball play.
    Players who cause injuries after the ball is dead should be heavily fined IMO. Instead, the league fined Rivers for spiking the ball when another Raiders’ lineman did the same thing on the next play.
    This is so cool. Two weeks in and Doltsfan is dipping the quill, laying out the reason for another season of failure.

  10. Electrogasm says: Sep 23, 2009 9:50 PM

    @ Boltfan and Boltchick…
    The referees failed to properly signal the play dead, if I remember correctly. Yes, the play should have been a dead ball but perhaps the lax attitude on the refs’ part in a noisy stadium may have led to the failure to stop on the Raiders’ part.
    Either way Hardwick is down and so are the Chargers’ hopes. Compound that with the loss of Jamal and things look bleak for a SB run.
    I say keep him on the active roster and he’ll be fine by January. The Chargers will have clinched a playoff spot before he returns so I hope they don’t place him on the IR.

  11. Sourdough says: Sep 23, 2009 10:31 PM

    VegasBronco, enjoy the time your beloved Donkos are on top. Sadly for Dove Valley residents the Donkos don’t get to play the state of Cleveland the rest of the season. Better luck next year!

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