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Chargers Notebook: Hardwick is in the center of practice

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Nov 17, 2005.

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    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/11/17/sports/professional/chargers/22_51_4911_16_05.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By Jay Paris

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/hardwick01.jpg" class="right" alt="Nick Hardwick" />SAN DIEGO ---- It was a good day for Nick Hardwick: the Chargers' center returned to practice Wednesday and snagged a football signed by Lance Alworth, the Hall of Fame wide receiver whose jersey will be retired on Sunday.

    "I got Lance Alworth's autograph," Hardwick said, "now it's going to be sitting in my house."

    Hardwick has been doing too much sitting. He has missed the past three games with a sprained ankle. But after going through a demanding workout, he gave himself two thumbs up.

    "It was a big day," Hardwick admitted. "It feels good, and I was glad to get through that last play."

    How about Sunday against the Buffalo Bills?

    "I hope so," he said. "I have to make it through a couple more practices."

    Added coach Marty Schottenheimer: "He will be ready the second Tuesday of next week."

    Good line. But it might be a more appropriate description for outside linebacker Steve Foley (abdominal strain) and left tackle Roman Oben (foot). Neither one of them practiced, and both appear to be on the low end of questionable.

    Tight end Ryan Krause (foot) and fullback Andrew Pinnock (calf/shoulder) didn't practice and aren't expected to play on Sunday.

    Alworth and pals


    The Chargers alumni group usually meets with the players after Thursday practices. But it was scooted up a day to accommodate today's alumni golf tournament. Some 50 ex-players are expected to be on hand Sunday when Alworth's No. 19 jersey is retired.

    Alworth, a Del Mar resident, admits he might have to fight back some tears. He got emotional in the offseason when the Chargers announced they would so honor him.

    "I'll maybe be even more emotional," Alworth said. "That's a little scary because I don't like to show it that much. But I have a feeling I'm going to."

    Before practice, the Chargers' team meeting included a six-minute video of Alworth's greatest catches and runs.

    "The players enjoyed it," Schottenheimer said. "And so did the coaches."

    Alworth's Hall of Fame bust, as well as left tackle Ron Mix, coach Sid Gillman, quarterback Dan Fouts, wide receiver Charlie Joiner and tight end Kellen Winslow, are being loaned from the Pro Football Hall of Fame to the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park through Sunday.

    Quick hits


    WR Keenan McCardell needs 35 receiving yards to pass Lance Alworth (10,266) for 21st place on the NFL's all-time receiving list. ... RB LaDainian Tomlinson was asked if he had any comment on Buffalo's Willis McGahee saying he is the NFL's best running back. "Nope," Tomlinson said. ... Tomlinson is third overall in the Pro Bowl balloting and first at his position. ... Poway's Damian Gonzalez has been named the Chargers' high school coach of the week. Poway's football program will receive a $1,000 donation.
     

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