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Hardwick working way back

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    When Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner was asked to update the status of center Nick Hardwick Monday, Turner did not give an optimistic report, calling his return “still a ways away.”

    While it’s unlikely that the Bolts’ Pro Bowler will return to game action this week, Turner did have better news to deliver Wednesday. For the first time since injuring his foot against Oakland in Week 6, Hardwick participated in individual drills with his teammates Wednesday.

    “It was encouraging to me to see Nick out there and be able to go through individual (period),” Turner said. “The way I always look at it is where is he (going to be) tomorrow? Does he take a step back with the soreness? Does he get up in the morning and feel great and able to do a little bit more? If he’s able to do a little bit more, then I think in the near future we can look to get him back.”

    On Monday, Hardwick traveled to Seattle to see a foot specialist. The visit produced good news as doctors discovered no structural damage to the foot.

    “They felt that structurally everything is fine and it’s just a matter of time until it’s ready,” Turner said. “We were excited with the evaluation. There’s some real hope.”

    Hardwick has been in a walking boot since injuring the foot in the first quarter of the Bolts’ win over Oakland more than four weeks ago. He was very encouraged by the news but promises to be patient as he continues to heal.

    “I don’t want to jeopardize anything,” Hardwick said. “I just look to the long term over the short term and get back as soon as I can.”

    Another milestone nears

    LaDainian Tomlinson enters Sunday’s game with 9,909 career rushing yards and needs just 91 against Jacksonville to become the 22<SUP>nd</SUP> player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards.

    “It would be a big accomplishment obviously,” Tomlinson said. “I think 10,000 yards is usually a benchmark for most running backs in their career. If you have a successful career they say you rushed for 10,000 yards. Obviously that would be a big accomplishment for me.”

    If LT reaches the mark this week, he would be the fourth-fastest player in NFL history to rush for 10,000 yards. Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (91 games), Jim Brown (98 games) and Barry Sanders (103) are the three fastest.

    If he’s able to reach the mark on Sunday, Tomlinson would reach the 10,000 yard mark in one less game than the current fourth-fastest, Emmitt Smith (106 games). Smith is the NFL’s all-time leading rusher with 18,355 yards. Tomlinson hasn’t spent any time pondering whether or not Smith’s mark is in his reach.

    “I really don’t think about it,” Tomlinson. “I’ve always just said I want to play my career and then see where I stand at the end of it.”

    Last Sunday, Jacksonville’s Fred Taylor became the 21<SUP>st</SUP> player in league history to reach 10,000 career rushing yards. LT spoke extremely highly of Taylor Wednesday.

    “He was one of my favorite players when he was at Florida and then when he first came into the league,” Tomlinson said. “I used to watch him a lot when I was in college. He’s been consistent. He’s had a great career.”

    Other injuries

    Five Chargers defenders missed all of Wednesday’s practice and another was limited by injury. Defensive end Jacques Cesaire (toe), linebacker Shawne Merriman (ankle), safety Eric Weddle (knee), linebacker Shaun Phillips (groin) and linebacker Marques Harris (toe) all sat out of Wednesday’s practice.

    Turner said that the fact that his defense was on the field for more that 36 minutes against the Colts Sunday caused a few players to need a day off.

    “It said on the play-by-play 84 plays, but by the time you take penalties and all that, there were 94 graded snaps,” Turner said. “The guys that have the nicks, they were limited today or weren’t out there.”

    Turner expects at least Cesaire to be back on the field Thursday.

    Cornerback Quentin Jammer (hamstring) saw limited time in practice. His availability for Sunday’s game is uncertain.

    “I don’t know where Quentin is in terms of if he’s going to be able to go,” Turner said. “(He needs to be able to) just let it loose and go 100 miles per hour, which you have to do, and then if he would be able to do that for 65 plays. That would be something that we would decide late in the week.”

    Close ties

    Turner and Jaguars Head Coach Jack Del Rio have a relationship that dates back 26 years. Turner was the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Southern California during Del Rio’s All-American playing career as a linebacker with the Trojans.

    Del Rio also played linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys in 1991, Turner’s first season as Jimmy Johnson’s offensive coordinator. Turner thinks very highly of the man he’ll match wits with this weekend.

    “He’s one of the finest competitors I’ve been around,” Turner said of Del Rio. “He’s been lucky like me to be around some great people and learn from them. Jack has a great understanding of the game from playing it and then his background at different stops along the way to get to where he’s at. He’s done a great job at Jacksonville.”

    The Jaguars are 40-33 in Del Rio’s five seasons with the club.
     
  2. Retired Catholic

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    Probably two more weeks. The foot has to be health for balance, otherwise the knees become very vulnerable.
     
  3. Mid-west Chargers fan

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    My boy is chomping at the bit, wanting to get back and bust some heads!! :icon_twisted:
     

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