San Diego, California - The San Diego Chargers lost one of the team’s most consistent and top performers for the remainder of the season when it placed center Nick Hardwick on Reserve-Injured with a neck injury.

“Nick is one of the best, if not the best, at his position to ever play for the Chargers,” said General Manager Tom Telesco. “In my 20 years in the NFL, he’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever been around. We’ll miss him in the lineup, but we have complete confidence in Rich (Ohrnberger) and the other players to step up and do the job.”

“Nick is a warrior; a true pro’s pro,” Head Coach Mike McCoy said. “We’ve been spoiled by his excellence over the years. Players with his physical skills, leadership ability and intangibles don’t come around every year. He is a special player to coach and a great guy for the organization.”

Hardwick came to the Chargers as a third-round draft choice in 2004 and has been a starter ever since.  He has started all 136 games he has played in the NFL and the last 67 in a row, including Monday night’s game in Arizona.