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Hardwick Will Play Again in 2012

After contemplating retirement following the 2011 season, Chargers center Nick Hardwick will play in 2012, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

“My commitment is full throttle,” Hardwick said Monday. “I just think you have to re-assess yourself all the time – assess how you’re progressing, assess where you stand. I’m more excited right now than I’ve been in a long time to train. Obviously, two weeks off was enough to get the itch.”

A third-round pick out of Purdue in 2004, Hardwick has started all 103 games he’s played over the last eight seasons, earning one trip to the Pro Bowl (2006) and missing most of one season (2009) with a broken foot. Hardwick, 30, became a father during this season and is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

Acee adds that left guard Kris Dielman, who was considering retirement after a concussion led to a seizure on the Chargers’ return flight after a loss to the New York Jets, will also play out the final year of his contract. Dielman is scheduled to earn a $4.5 million base salary and a $1 million roster bonus. Given the health concerns with Dielman, the Chargers will likely attempt to rework his contract.


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