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Chargers looking to Chris Watt to replace Nick Hardwick
by Larry Hartstein |

With longtime Chargers center Nick Hardwick retiring this week, the team will look to Chris Watt to replace him, reports Watt started five games as a rookie and played in 12 overall, including some time at guard.

“You just don’t plug a guy in and figure he’s going to fill [Hardwick’s] shoes right away,” general manager Tom Telesco said. “We’re happy with the guys we have, but no one is going to walk in and be Nick Hardwick on Day 1. And we’re not asking them to do that.”

Offensive line coach Joe D'Alessandris said he's looking forward to watching Watt develop.

"I think he has a lot of great qualities as an offensive lineman," D'Alessandris said. "He’s got a good mind. He wants to grow. He’s a sponge. He wants to absorb and learn.”

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Chargers center Nick Hardwick to announce retirement Tuesday
by Brandon Wise |

Chargers center Nick Hardwick is planning to announce his retirement from football on Tuesday, according to

"I'm nervous about tomorrow just because it's so final," Hardwick said Monday. "To declare your intentions publicly and vocally, it's so final. But I'm also really excited. It's going to be a really good celebration of a fabulous career. I've had a lot of fun, and I learned a lot. That's where I am now, reflecting what I took from it."

Hardwick suffered a neck injury in the first game of the season and was contemplating retirement before the 2014 season began. The 33-year-old made 136 starts in his career.

"I got a fast track to life on a professional and personal development course," Hardwick said. "I feel like I have the wisdom of a 60-year-old in a 33-year-old's body, and I'm so thankful for that. Everything is so elevated in football. The highs are so high, and the lows are so low. … It's a big soul-searching journey. I'm really thankful that I guess I found the sport, and the sport found me."

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Neck injury ends Nick Hardwick's season
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Chargers announced Wednesday offensive lineman Nick Hardwick was placed on injured reserve due to a neck injury.

"It’s hard and it’s still setting in," he said of missing the rest of the season, per the team's official website. "I have a touch of shock I guess and I don’t really know how I feel right now.  You’re programmed one way and through everything you’ve done you’ve always continued to push forward and push through to find ways to get on the field. Unfortunately for this season it’s not going to happen anymore."

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Nick Hardwick leaves with ankle injury
by Larry Hartstein |

Chargers center Nick Hardwick exited Monday night's game in Arizona in the first half with an ankle injury. He was replaced by Rich Ohrnberger.

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Nick Hardwick says he'll play this season
by Larry Hartstein |

Chargers center Nick Hardwick, 32, who had considered retiring, met with team executives and told them he'll play this year, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Hardwick is owed $3.4 million in salary and a $500,000 roster bonus for the 2014 season.

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WeekDateOpp.GGSFum Rec
Games Played
2004San Diego Chargers1414
2005San Diego Chargers1313
2006San Diego Chargers1616
2007San Diego Chargers1212
2008San Diego Chargers1313
2009San Diego Chargers33
2010San Diego Chargers1616
2011San Diego Chargers1616
2012San Diego Chargers1616
2013San Diego Chargers1616
2014San Diego Chargers11
Defensive Stats
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2010San Diego Chargers1611.000000.0000
2011San Diego Chargers1600.000000.0000
2012San Diego Chargers1611.000000.0000
2013San Diego Chargers1611.000000.0000
2014San Diego Chargers100.000000.0000
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2008San Diego Chargers1300000000
2009San Diego Chargers300000000
2010San Diego Chargers1600010010
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2013San Diego Chargers1600000000
2014San Diego Chargers100000000
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