Hardwick injured his neck in the Charger's third preseason game. The veteran, who was playing in his 11th NFL season, started in Monday night's season opener in Arizona. Hardwick left the opener with an injury, but there are conflicting reports regarding whether it wan an ankle injury, or a stinger in his neck.
The center has started all 136 NFL games he’s played in, including 67 games in a row.
Hardwick, who was drafted by the Chargers in the third round in 2004, told U-T San Diego's Michael Gehlken that he is going to take it one day at a time because "nerve damage isn't something you want to start messing with."
“It’s hard and it’s still setting in,” Hardwick said. “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.”
The 33-year-old has not decided whether he will play football again.
- Sarah Barshop