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Nick Hardwick | Center | #61

Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 9/2/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 305
College: Purdue
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 3 (66) / LAC

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Chargers C Nick Hardwick has retired from football.
A third-round pick in the 2004 draft, Hardwick went on to start 136 games for the Bolts, earning one Pro Bowl berth. He was placed on injured reserve with a neck ailment early last season. The Chargers need to overhaul their offensive line this offseason after it took a huge step back in 2014. Mon, Feb 2, 2015 05:43:00 PM

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Chargers placed C Nick Hardwick (neck) on injured reserve, ending his season.

It's a huge blow to the Chargers' offensive line. Journeyman Rich Ohrnberger replaced Hardwick in Monday night's loss and is expected be the starting center going forward. An 11-year veteran, this could be a career-ending injury for Hardwick, who was considering retirement last offseason. 33-year-old Hardwick is in the final year of his contract.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 02:05:00 PM

Chargers C Nick Hardwick was forced from Monday's loss to the Cardinals with an ankle injury.

Rich Ohrnberger finished out the game. He cost the Chargers a late timeout by failing to snap the ball with the play clock running down. Coach Mike McCoy declined to update Hardwick's status at Tuesday's presser. He has only five days to get healthy for Sunday's tilt with the Seahawks.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 05:03:00 PM

Chargers C Nick Hardwick will return for the 2014 season.

Hardwick, 32, was considering retirement. He'll return for at least one more season as the Chargers' starting center and is set to make $3.4 million in the final year of his contract.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 02:43:00 PM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco said the team has not heard from veteran C Nick Hardwick regarding his plans to play in 2014.

Hardwick was a solid if not spectacular center in 2013, but is mulling retirement at only 32 years old. Describing him as a "team leader" and a "rock inside", Telesco said San Diego would "love" to have him back. Hardwick has one year left on his contract.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 01:27:00 PM

Chargers C Nick Hardwick is a candidate for release.

Hardwick, 32, is scheduled to count $6.4 million against the cap, and the Bolts could clear $4.4 million by releasing him. Hardwick is a team leader and has one year left on his deal. San Diego isn't in horrible cap shape and has easier decisions to make release-wise. Hardwick hasn't missed a start since 2009.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 10:18:00 AM

Chargers C Nick Hardwick confirms retirement has crossed his mind.

Hardwick, 32, calls the next few weeks a "time of quiet and reflection (to) see where we’re headed." He hasn't missed a start since 2009 and graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 11 center in 2013. Hardwick has one year left on his contract at $3.4 million.
Sat, Jan 18, 2014 12:32:00 PM

Chargers C Nick Hardwick (concussion) returned to practice Friday.

He's been medically cleared for the Divisional Round. 32-year-old Hardwick closed out the regular season as Pro Football Focus' No. 11-rated center.
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 01:44:00 PM

Chargers C Nick Hardwick has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Hardwick lasted just 10 snaps before leaving the Wild Card win over the Bengals. He didn't practice Wednesday as he remains in the concussion protocol. Backup Rich Orhnberger stepped in and handled himself very well.
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 11:57:00 AM

Chargers C Nick Hardwick suffered a first-quarter stinger in Sunday's Wild Card game at Cincinnati.

He's been replaced by Rich Orhnberger. Hardwick is a 32-year-old career Charger. His return is officially being called questionable.
Sun, Jan 5, 2014 01:30:00 PM

Chargers C Nick Hardwick suffered a concussion in Tuesday's practice.

The severity is unknown, but it's Hardwick's third-known concussion since entering the league in 2004. Pro Football Focus' 12th ranked center last season, Hardwick hasn't missed a game since 2009. His status is uncertain for Week 1.
Tue, Aug 21, 2012 09:27:00 PM

Chargers re-signed C Nick Hardwick to a three-year, $13.5 million contract.

It's the first step in GM A.J. Smith's goal to fix an offensive line that was in tatters last season. Turning 31 just before the season opener, Hardwick is no longer an asset in the run game but receives high marks for keeping pressure off of Philip Rivers. The Bolts will have to turn their attention to re-signing Jared Gaither on the blindside.
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 02:48:00 PM

In addition to free agent LT Jared Gaither, the Chargers have begun contract talks to retain free agent C Nick Hardwick.

If the Bolts get both signed before the free agency period, they could enter the heart of the offseason with a front five of LT Gaither, LG Tyronne Green, C Hardwick, RG Luis Vasquez, and RT Jeromy Clary while using the draft to find competition. Gaither is currently the priority, but Hardwick isn't far behind.
Wed, Mar 7, 2012 12:23:00 AM

The North County Times confirms that offensive line remains the Chargers' top priority this offseason.

The team tentatively expects LG Kris Dielman (concussions) back and hopes to re-sign free agent C Nick Hardwick. The Bolts figure to release LT Marcus McNeill, entering the bidding war for Jared Gaither instead. While the front office is "high on" FBs Mike Tolbert and Jacob Hester, the Times confirms other reports that it's a "virtual certainty" Vincent Jackson will escape the franchise tag.
Wed, Feb 22, 2012 11:52:00 AM

Free agent C Nick Hardwick confirmed Monday that he plans to continue playing after briefly considering retirement after the season.

Hardwick is only 30, so he should have gas left in the tank from an age perspective, at least. According to Pro Football Focus, however, Hardwick was too often overpowered in the running game last year. The Chargers will likely look to re-sign Hardwick, but only at the right price. The San Diego Union-Tribune also expects LG Kris Dielman to put off retirement for one more year.
Mon, Feb 13, 2012 10:29:00 PM

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