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Week 12 Outlook
The Los Angeles Chargers announced that center Mike Pouncey will have season-ending hip surgery.
This is a significant blow for the Chargers offense line, as Tyrod Taylor loses his starting center for the year. Dan Feeney will continue to man the center position in Pouncey's absence. The Chargers did a good job rushing the ball in Week 1, amassing 155 yards on 39 carries, and did a decent job protecting Taylor only letting up two sacks. The Chargers face the Chiefs on Sunday, where they'll likely be forced to throw more often to keep up with Kansas City's explosive offense.
Los Angeles Chargers center Mike Pouncey was a DNP during Wednesday's practice.
Pouncey continues to miss time while dealing with a hip injury he sustained in practice prior to last week's season opening win against the Bengals. The former first-round pick and four-time Pro Bowler will be needed on Sunday to prevent Chiefs' defensive tackle Chris Jones from wreaking havoc and disrupting the Chargers' backfield. Pouncey's absence could mean reduced production on the ground for RB Austin Ekeler and increased pressure on QB Tyrod Taylor.
Chargers C Mike Pouncey missed practice this week with a hip injury and is not expected to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Austin Ekeler's receiving prowess makes him a must-start RB1, but the strength of the Bengals defense is up front. Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and newly acquired D.J. Reader could give the Chargers fits up the middle. With it still up in the air who is going to get the Melvin Gordon share of carries from last season, Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley may be better off as bench stashes until it's determined how they will be used in the offense.
Mike Pouncey has agreed to a one-year, $9 million extension with the Los Angeles Chargers, Adam Schefter reports.
The eight-year veteran center started all 16 games in his first season with Los Angeles last year, earning his fourth Pro-Bowl nod in the process. He will be relied on heavily with Russell Okung (embolism) on IR.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Miami Dolphins C Mike Pouncey has requested his release from the team, which is expected to be granted at some point today.
After spending the first seven years of his career in Miami, it looks like the Dolphins and Pouncey are parting ways. And while he'll turn 29 in July and has battled hip issues for the better part of the 2017 season despite not missing any games, I don't expect Pouncey to remain on the open market long. He's still a quality center despite losing a step.