Chargers’ Center Mike Pouncey “Cleared to Play” After Neck Surgery

Mike Pouncey. Photo by Jason Pohuski/CSM/Shutterstock (10011920dm)

Los Angeles Chargers found out some good news this week. Their Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey is ready to return to action after he spent the majority of 2019 on injured reserve.

Pouncey suffered a neck injury in Week 5 game against Denver Broncos and had to undergo a surgery which ruled him out for the season. The 30-year-old ended up recovering according to plan and is now finally “cleared to play” despite having to take several more steps in the rehab process.

“I feel great,” said Pouncey during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. “It’s still a process coming back from neck surgery, so I’m just in the rehab stages. But yes, if you (were) to ask the doctor that did my surgery, I’ve been cleared to play.”

According to Pouncey, he is back to his usual training regime and will be ready once the NFL allows teams to organize training camps.

Mike Pouncey joined Chargers on a two-year, $15 million contract back in 2018. In his first year in LA, Pouncey played all 16 games and managed to earn a Pro Bowl nod. This ended up bringing him a one-year, $7 million contract extension during the 2019 offseason.

Pouncey, who was 15th overall pick in 2011, previously spent seven years with Miami Dolphins.