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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Chargers Injury Update: Nick Hardwick placed on IR

By on 9/14/2014 04:17:00 AM

This past week, San Diego Chargers offensive lineman Nick Hardwick was placed on the injured reserve list and will miss the entire 2014 NFL regular season due to a severe neck injury.

 The news was reported by San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Michael Gelhken via twitter.

As an 11-year veteran, Hardwick’s presence on the offensive line will most certainly be missed. In 136 games played, Hardwick has started every single game at center, including a streak of 67 straight games.

With Hardwick gone, six-year veteran Rich Ohrnberger will be taking over in his place.

In an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, new starting center Rich Ohrnberger stated, “You always feel a void, especially when a leader of Nick's caliber is missing…The best thing you can do is not try to mimic what he is or was for this team, this season. It's to take what you know about leadership, take what you've learned from a guy like him, and just move forward and keep things all in perspective.”

With a game against the Seattle Seahawks coming up, Ohrnberger and the Chargers offensive line are going to have their hands full against a Seattle defense that shut down the likes of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers during the season opener.

However, Philip Rivers believes in his new starting center and believes that the Chargers will be able to recover from the loss of Hardwick.

Per Fox Sports, Rivers stated, “We're just starting the season, you're so fired up…It's always tough getting that news, about any of your teammates, but especially him because of how close we worked together and, shoot, how many games we've been out there together. I even told Rich, 'You know now how I feel about Nick and what I'm going to say about Nick and we're going to miss him. It's tough when you lose a guy that's been playing the way he's played center here for so long and how awesome he is in the preparation and protection. But I wanted Rich to know at the same time I believe in him and I think our team does, too. We believe Rich can do it."

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