Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
The news keeps getting worse for the San Diego Chargers.
The team announced Wednesday that center Nick Hardwick will undergo ankle surgery Wednesday and he will be out for the next eight weeks.
Hardwick is one of the best centers in the NFL and he is the anchor to San Diego’s offensive line. He was hurt against Oakland in the season opener and he departed the field on a cart. After the game, San Diego coach Norv Turner indicated that he didn’t think Hardwick’s injury was serious. Hardwick wasn’t ruled out of the Chargers’ game against Baltimore last week until two days before the game.
This news stings. The Chargers are still reeling from the news Saturday that standout defensive tackle Jamal Williams will be out for the season with a triceps injury.
Losing two major cogs to the interior lines in a matter five days is major for the Chargers, who are 1-1 entering Sunday’s home game against Miami.
Hardwick is being replaced by Scott Mruczkowski. He has done a nice job playing in place of Hardwick, but Hardwick will be missed.
The Chargers are certainly not the same team that started the season at Oakland nine days ago. They aren’t as strong. But they still have key pieces that can make this a special team. But the devastating injuries must stop now or this team will just have too much to overcome.