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Mike Pouncey to have season-ending hip surgery

The veteran will miss the entire season after playing in just five games last year.

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This certainly isn’t the news we all wanted to hear, but I’m sure many could have called it after initially hearing what was ailing him.

On Thursday afternoon, the Chargers announced that they are placing starting center Mike Pouncey on injured reserve with the veteran scheduled to have season-ending hip surgery before the end of the month. In a corresponding move, the team is promoting fullback Gabe Nabers to the active roster.

Pouncey started all 16 games in his first season with the Chargers back in 2018. That was also the year he earned his latest nod to the Pro Bowl. Last season, he started the first five games of the year before suffering a severe neck-injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the year. Now it’s looks to be Dan Feeney’s job for the rest of the 2020 season which means Forrest Lamp will continue to start at left guard.

Back in 2017 while with the Miami Dolphins, Pouncey told the media that he would have get a hip replacement in “5 to 10 years.” It’s been three years since then, which means that invisible deadline he gave himself is coming up. Right now, the long-term looks a bit murky for the 31 year old.