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Chargers C Hardwick Cleared After Concussion

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Center Nick Hardwick #61 of the San Diego Chargers prepares to snap the ball against the Oakland Raiders early in the first quarter on October 06, 2013 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Raiders won 27-17. (credit: Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Center Nick Hardwick #61 of the San Diego Chargers prepares to snap the ball against the Oakland Raiders early in the first quarter on October 06, 2013 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Raiders won 27-17. (credit: Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

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textalerts180 Chargers C Hardwick Cleared After Concussion

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Center Nick Hardwick has been cleared from his concussion and was a limited participant as the San Diego Chargers practiced for the final time for their divisional-round playoff game at Denver.

Hardwick says he’s “moving in the right direction” but there are no guarantees he’ll be able to play. He was hurt in Sunday’s wild-card win at Cincinnati and replaced by Rich Ohrnberger.

Running back Ryan Mathews didn’t practice again Friday due to an injured left ankle. He says his mindset is the same as earlier in the week, that he wants to play. He came out of the Bengals game in the third quarter.

Hardwick and Mathews are listed as questionable, as are right guard Jeromey Clary (shoulder), right tackle D.J. Fluker (ankle) and wide receiver Eddie Royal (toe).

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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