Hardwick still not ready to return to Chargers

Published Nov. 20, 2009 1:43 a.m. ET

San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick will not play against the Broncos on Sunday in the showdown between AFC West leaders in Denver. Hardwick, out since having ankle surgery following the season opener, missed practice on Thursday. The former Pro Bowler returned to practice four weeks ago but he hasn't practiced since a setback last Wednesday. Several players returned to practice, including tight end Antonio Gates and linebackers Shaun Phillips and Shawne Merriman. Offensive tackle Jeromey Clary hasn't practiced since leaving Sunday's win against Philadelphia because of an ankle injury. Coach Norv Turner said Clary might work out on Saturday.