Los Angeles Chargers center and four-time Pro Bowler Mike Pouncey will miss the remainder of the NFL season as he prepares to undergo hip surgery.
The Chargers announced on Thursday that star Pouncey, 31, is set to have a season-ending operation after being placed on injured reserve.
Pouncey, who has started all 114 games he has played in the NFL and joined the Chargers from the Miami Dolphins in 2018, missed the final 11 weeks last year following neck surgery.
"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, team-mate 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."
The Chargers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 16-13 in Week 1, and face Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.