Chargers center Nick Hardwick suffered an ankle injury in Week One. He hasn’t played since.
Scott Mruczkowski slid over from guard to handle the duties. He’s done so well that the Chargers have been reluctant to rush Hardwick back.
But now they’ve got no choice.
Mruczkowski suffered an ankle injury on the game-winning drive against the Bengals on Sunday, and he has been placed on injured reserve.
The Chargers have replaced Mruczkowski with veteran center Eric Ghiaciuc, who was cut by the Chiefs after training camp.
Ghiaciuc spent four seasons with the Bengals, starting all 16 games in 2008.