Nick Hardwick remains sidelined with a concussion

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Time is running short for Chargers center Nick Hardwick to get cleared in time to face the Broncos this weekend.

Hardwick is out of practice again on Thursday because of the concussion he suffered in last weekend’s victory over the Bengals. Hardwick’s injury was initially termed a stinger, but coach Mike McCoy revealed that Hardwick suffered the head injury in the first quarter of the game. He’ll need to get cleared to practice before he gets cleared to play, something that may not happen before the Chargers run out of time before kickoff in Denver.

Rich Ohrnberger took over for Hardwick and handled things well for the rest of the game.

The news was mixed elsewhere on the offensive line. Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reports that right tackle D.J. Fluker is practicing after sitting out on Wednesday and is expected to play. Right guard Jeromey Clary isn’t practicing after leaving Wednesday’s practice with a shoulder injury, however.

Running back Ryan Mathews is also skipping practice on Thursday to rest his ankle, but is expected to practice on Friday and play on Sunday after missing the final quarter-plus against Cincinnati.

7 responses to “Nick Hardwick remains sidelined with a concussion

  1. Chargers O-line has stepped up BIG TIME later on in the season and against the Bengals last week. Wasn’t it a weak spot for the Chargers in 2012? impressive.

  2. I’m sorry, concussion you say? I thought this was a “neck stinger” as they were calling it the entire game and that it specifically wasn’t a concussion?

  3. Pretty obvious it was a concussion not a stinger. Hardwick was out on his feet. Luckily for the Chargers, Ohrnberger played great in his stead.

  4. The one big difference between the line this year and last is that Telesco did a good job fixing the depth behind the starters.

    AJ spent the last couple years trying to fix the starting line, but they kept going down with injuries leaving undrafted types top step in…badly.

    This year, SD lined up four new starters and they still got hurt. But the backups weren’t so bad this time. Combine that with shorter QB dropbacks that Norv would never do, and you have an offense again.

  5. Yep, very obvious it was a concussion. He almost went down for the count. Hope he can recover, but if not at least the backup played very well last week.

  6. It really is ridiculous that the team tells the sideline reporter it’s a neck burner, even though on replay he was clearly knocked woozy. What’s even worse is the play by play guys going along with it, instead of saying c’mon it’s an obvious concussion. Shame on everyone involved.

  7. Charger fan here. Was clearly a concussion as others here have stated. Was dumbfounded that he remained eligible to play. Luckily for him, the next man up was awesome, but makes me wonder if Orhnberger stunk it up, would Hardwick have seen the field again?

    Was this an intentional bending of the rules/diagnosis by coaches with tunnel-vision (no put intended) and overly complicit team doctors?

    Concussions should be diagnosed by a league-provided doctor who is NOT on the team’s payroll. An investigation should be opened to discover why he wasn’t ruled out for the rest of the game (instead of questionable). Fines or some other punishment should be levied if any wrongdoing can be proven.

    We are putting the league’s reputation and more importantly, young mens’ health at risk by “rubbing dirt” on concussions and letting them get back on the field. I truly thought we were passed that mentality.

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