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Hardwick might return against Ravens

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    It appears this will be the week Nick Hardwick returns to the Chargers' starting lineup.The Pro Bowl center yesterday went through his most extensive practice since suffering a sprained foot Oct. 14 against Oakland. His reps were limited, but “he moved around pretty good,” coach Norv Turner said.Assuming Hardwick feels OK today, the plan is to increase his practice time and, the Chargers hope, have him play Sunday against Baltimore at Qualcomm Stadium.

    “I'm optimistic,” Turner said, “but until we see how he feels (today), I'll just hold off a little bit.”
    Quarterback Philip Rivers said veteran Cory Withrow did “a nice job” in place of Hardwick. But it's a rare team that doesn't miss a Pro Bowl player.
    Added Rivers: “(Hardwick) brings more than his ability to block to the position. He brings an excitement, a toughness, a meanness to the team. When he's out there it seems to raise the level of everybody around him. I didn't talk to him much after practice, but I think he felt pretty good. That was a good sign. It'll be good to have him back out there.”
    Withrow wasn't the only backup lineman to see action against Jacksonville. Jeromey Clary, who started at right tackle earlier this year at Green Bay, got some time at guard and tackle in place of Mike Goff and Shane Olivea. Turner said he was just getting Clary some work while giving Goff and Olivea a break. There are no plans to start Clary, Turner said.
    So long, Priest

    LaDainian Tomlinson was hoping for at least one more game against Priest Holmes, but the three-time All-Pro running back retired yesterday, 11 days before the Chargers play the Chiefs in Kansas City.

    “I was looking forward to seeing him because we had some great battles, him and I on the field together,” Tomlinson said. “Priest has had a great career. I enjoyed watching him. We're going to definitely miss seeing him out there.”
    Linebacker Shawne Merriman, whose hit on Oct. 30, 2005, sidelined Holmes for nearly two years with head and neck injuries, also said he would miss Holmes.
    “Like I've said before, even before I got in the NFL he was one of my favorite running backs to watch,” Merriman said. “The game's going to be missing a great one.
    “He had a pretty devastating injury. To come back and still play the game and try to provide something for his team just shows you what kind of player and person he was. He'll be missed by a lot of people.”
    Nuts 'n' Bolts

    [​IMG] The only Chargers not to practice yesterday were defensive end Luis Castillo, who is expected to miss at least four more games, and nose tackle Jamal Williams, who often rests on Wednesdays. Cornerback Quentin Jammer went through the full practice, but Turner declined to identify his starting cornerbacks. “We'll work that out and make a decision at the end of the week,” he said. “All three are obviously going to play a great deal.”
    [​IMG] Tomlinson needs 29 yards to reach 10,000 for his career and one rushing touchdown to tie Walter Payton for third on the all-time list (110). “I think the touchdown just to tie him will be special to me because I've wanted to be like him for so long. Hopefully we can get it done as early as possible,” Tomlinson said.

  2. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Withrow has played pretty well, but I'll be glad to see Nick back in the lineup. It's tough to lose your starting center - he's the guy who calls the blocking assignments.

    Good luck getting back into the mix, Nick!! :tup:
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  3. MONDO.

    MONDO. Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2007
    A lot has been said about our line not owning the opposition like we did last year, Harwick back in the mix should do alot to get us back on track. Hopefully we can knock the ravens back, and get LT running all over them as we all know he can.

    Withrow has done as well as can be expected for a backup... but Hardwick is nasty and a pro bowler.

    I would like to see Nick out there this Sunday, if need be I would rather have him eased back in, as to avoid further injury...

    either way watch out Ravens.

  4. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    It will be interesting, to say the least, to see how differently the O Line plays with him back in the line up. If they get their aggressiveness back, this will be a different team.
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  5. Alpenbolt

    Alpenbolt BoltTalker

    Sep 9, 2006
    :icon_rofl: We seem to be missing about 11 of them.
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  6. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Ouch. :icon_eek:
  7. sdchrger

    sdchrger Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2005


    Alpen you have become one of my favorite posters in here. :yes:

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