Seahawks to face another backup center against San Diego
First it was Corey Linsley. Now it’s Rich Ohrnberger.
For the second straight week, the Seahawks’ opponent will be playing a backup at center due to an injury to the starter.
On Wednesday, the Chargers placed Nick Hardwick on season-ending injured reserve, losing their captain and the player who’s been the anchor of their offensive line for the past decade. That means quarterback Philip Rivers will be taking snaps from Ohrnberger, a six-year veteran who has stepped in for the Chargers before.
“We have full confidence in Rich Ohrnberger to step up and play well,” Rivers said. “He has last year. He played the whole Cincinnati game pretty much – in the playoffs – and he’s played quite a few games.
“But Nick’s kinda been the staple of this O-line here for 10 years and he’ll be missed, both in the locker room, on the field, on the practice field. He was a captain and a team favorite, to say the least, so it’s certainly hard to see him have to shut it down this year.”
That’s not the only injury along San Diego’s offensive line. Right tackle D.J. Fluker hurt his knee in the Chargers’ Monday-night loss to Arizona, but he returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis.
Chargers Wednesday injury report:
• S Jahleel Addae, DNP (hamstring)
• CB Chris Davis, DNP (ankle)
• RT D.J. Fluker, LIMITED, (knee, ankle)
• TE Antonio Gates, LIMITED, (hamstring)
• LB Melvin Ingram, LIMITED, (hamstring)
• WR Keenan Allen, FULL, (ribs)
• DT Sean Lissemore, FULL, (ankle)
• DE Corey Liuget, FULL, (ankle)