“Mike will undergo surgery on his hip before the end of the month and will miss the 2020 season,” said General Manager Tom Telesco. “On top of being a Pro Bowl talent, he’s the ultimate captain, teammate and competitor. Quite simply, he’s one of the best leaders I’ve ever been around. Mike’s played a major role in establishing the culture and standard we now have in our locker room and sets a tremendous example, especially for the younger members of our team. I’m happy he’ll remain around the team throughout the season, and all of us wish Mike a successful procedure and speedy recovery.”
Pouncey has dealt with hip issues over the year, so this is really disappointing news for the veteran center.
Last year, Pouncey suffered a neck injury that landed him on injured reserve after just five games. He was cleared to return to football activities in May.
Pouncey, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Dolphins back in 2011. He was entering the fourth year of his six-year, $52.438 million contract that included $22 million guaranteed and was set to make a base salary of $7.97 million when the Dolphins released him in 2018.
Pouncey signed with the Chargers in 2018 on a two-year, $15 million deal. He signed a one-year, $9 million extension with Los Angeles last year.
In 2019, Pouncey started all five games he appeared in for the Chargers and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 21 center out of 33 qualifying players.