Chargers place Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey on season-ending injured reserve

Jason Owens
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Los Angeles Chargers center Mike Pouncey is scheduled to undergo hip surgery and has been placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Pouncey missed the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals with the hip injury, which appears to be worse than initially thought. The nature of the injury is not clear.

This is the second straight season cut short for Pouncey, who missed all but five games last season after undergoing neck surgery for an injury suffered in October against the Denver Broncos.

Pouncey, 31, has made four Pro Bowls in his nine-year NFL career, including in 2018, his first with the Chargers and the last time he played a full season.

Mike Pouncey kneels on the field in the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. Pouncey says he is ready to go whenever NFL teams are allowed to return to their facilities and hold workouts or training camp. Where Pouncey and his Los Angeles Chargers teammates might be playing though is becoming a bigger question. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)
Mike Pouncey's season is over before it started. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

Another injury blow for Chargers

Pouncey’s absence marks another significant loss for the Chargers at the season’s outset. All-Pro safety Derwin James suffered a torn meniscus in training camp and is out for the season. Like Pouncey, James was also limited to just five games last season in an injury-ravaged season for the Chargers.

Meanwhile, Pro Bowl pass rusher Joey Bosa missed Wednesday’s practice with a triceps injury suffered against the Bengals. His status for Sunday’s home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs is not clear. Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner (knee) and backup running back Justin Jackson (quad) have also missed practice this week.

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