Chargers C Hardwick misses 2nd straight practice
The new-look Chargers offensive line was missing a familiar face
for the second straight day Tuesday – center Nick Hardwick.
Is Hardwick the latest to be sidelined by the injuries that have
marked rookie coach Mike McCoy’s first camp?
”I’m good,” Hardwick said.
But when asked if he was healthy, Hardwick said: ”You’ve got to
talk to the coach.”
Will Hardwick play Saturday in the team’s third exhibition game
”Talk to the coach,” he said.
The Chargers can ill afford to lose Hardwick as they work to
assemble the group that will protect quarterback Philip Rivers, who
was sacked 49 times last year.
They have an unsettled picture at left tackle with King Dunlap
and Max Starks locked into a spirited competition.
At left guard is Chad Rinehart, who was in Buffalo last
At right guard is Jeromey Clary, who was at right tackle for the
Chargers last year.
At right tackle is D.J. Fluker who was at Alabama last year.
McCoy has said having the group that will protect Rivers settle
quickly is a key in the run-up to the season opener on Sept. 9
against the Houston Texans.
But McCoy is being secretive on how close he is to naming his
”We will let you know when we get it done,” McCoy said. ”We
are getting there. We are working hard every day. We will make an
announcement when we are ready to go.”
McCoy wouldn’t say what his rotation of linemen would be against
the Cardinals this weekend. When Hardwick exited Thursday’s game
against the Bears with the starters, David Molk, Rich Ohrnberger
and Colin Baxter took the reps.
”You’ll see on Saturday night. You’ll find out who is
playing,” McCoy said.
Back to Hardwick, a 10-year pro. Is he healthy?
”Yes,” McCoy said. ”It’s one of those … it is the third
week of camp, the third week of the preseason and you are going to
see guys rest tomorrow also. There are certain guys we are going to
give more time off.”
Others not working were inside linebacker Manti Te’o (right
foot), wide receivers Malcom Floyd (knee) and Eddie Royal (bruised
lung) and defensive end Corey Liuget (right shoulder sprain).