Chargers center Mike Pouncey placed on injured reserve
The Los Angeles Chargers continue to have absolutely miserable luck when it comes to injuries. On Wednesday, they had to place starting center Mike Pouncey on injured reserve.
To take his place on the roster, they signed interior lineman Ryan Groy.
Another major injury to the #Chargers: Starting C Mike Pouncey was placed on Injured Reserve and they signed interior OL Ryan Groy.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 9, 2019
Pouncey is one of the best centers in the NFL. He is a four-time Pro Bowler, including making the team last season in his first year with the Chargers. Now, the Chargers will have to try and move forward without him. That’s definitely troubling news for a struggling team.
Heading into the year, many expected Los Angeles to be one of the better teams in the NFL. However, they find themselves with just a 2-3 record after the first five weeks of the season. Now they have to try and climb out of that hole without one of their premiere players.
To take his place, they’ve signed Groy. Groy can play both guard and center, giving them some extra flexibility in depth. Of course, the Chargers would much rather have their star center playing, but Groy can definitely help the team in Pouncey’s absence.
That being said, Groy won’t be starting. The most likely replacement for Pouncey as the starter will be Scott Quessenberry. Quessenberry was a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 20 games so far, but only has 159 snaps in regular season games so far. 118 of those snaps have come on special teams.
Quessenberry likely now has a chance to prove himself as the starting center. While he gets his opportunity, we can only hope for a speedy and successful recovery for Pouncey.