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Los Angeles Chargers’ Mike Pouncey to have neck surgery

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — Los Angeles Chargers center Mike Pouncey will undergo neck surgery and miss the rest of the season, coach Anthony Lynn said.

Lynn said he doesn’t if the injury will end Pouncey’s career. He said he is thankful that Pouncey will be OK.

Pouncey suffered the neck injury during last weekend’s loss to the Denver Broncos.

With Pouncey out, Dan Feeney will move from left guard to center and Forrest Lamp will move into the starting lineup at left guard.

The Chargers began the year without cornerstone left tackle Russell Okung, who was placed on the non-football illness list due to a pulmonary embolism caused by blood clots he suffered during offseason work in June.

With Pouncey and Okung out, the Chargers have just one player on the starting offensive line with more than three years of NFL experience, sixth-year right guard Michael Schofield.

The Chargers filled the vacant roster spot by signing offensive lineman Ryan Groy to the active roster.

A Pro Bowler in 2018, Pouncey signed a two-year, $15 million deal last season to join the Chargers in free agency after the Miami Dolphins released him in a cost-cutting move.

Just before the regular season, Pouncey signed a one-year, $9 million extension that keeps him with the Chargers through the 2020 season.

Pouncey, 30, was voted a team captain this season. He had not missed a game since joining the Chargers.

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Agent Peter Schaffer – Vontaze Burfict working to conform style to NFL

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Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is working this offseason to conform his style of play to the NFL after serving a 12-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit, his agent told NFL Network.

“Vontaze has spent the entire offseason studying and learning the proper code of conduct for participation in the NFL. He has watched tape, talked with coaches and NFL experts, doing everything he can to conform his passionate play to the rules of the NFL. This is a serious issue not only for Vontaze but all players and he is serious about doing things the right way and being a leader in playing football the right way,” agent Peter Schaffer told NFL Network.

Schaffer said his client has been working out at Arizona State, his alma mater.

Burfict, 29, is set to be an unrestricted free agent next month.

Burfict, who played for the Raiders last season, was suspended for a Week 4 hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle. He was ejected from that game for the hit.

The NFL cited his repeated violations of unnecessary roughness rules in handing out the longest suspension ever for an on-field incident.

While with the Cincinnati Bengals, Burfict was repeatedly suspended by the NFL for egregious hits and violating its policy on performance-enhancers. He was fined regularly for hits that crossed the line, most notably the one to Antonio Brown’s head that helped motivate the Steelers to rally for an 18-16 playoff win in the 2015 season. That led to a three-game suspension to start the 2016 season. He also had a five-game suspension reduced to three games for a preseason hit in 2017. He was also fined $112,000 in the 2018 season for hits on Brown and James Conner in a game against Pittsburgh.



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Joe Burrow measured with 9-inch hands at NFL combine

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Another talking point regarding potential No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow surfaced when his measurements were taken on Monday morning at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.

Burrow’s hand size was measured at 9 inches, a source confirmed to ESPN. The information was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

Per ESPN Stats & Information, the length from pinkie to thumb was tied for the smallest among first-round quarterbacks measured at the combine since 2008. Ryan Tannehill and Jared Goff, the others with that hand size, were both instructed by current Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor.

Taylor and the Bengals could potentially draft Burrow with the franchise’s first top overall pick since 2003. Taylor, a former quarterback at Nebraska, had a 9-inch hand measurement at the 2007 combine.

Of the 35 quarterbacks drafted in the first round since 2008, 9 7/10 inches has been the average hand size, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who led Kansas City to victory at Super Bowl LIV and was named the game’s MVP, registered at 9¼ inches in 2017.

Over the past 10 years, a mere three quarterbacks with 9-inch hands have attempted more than 300 passes — Goff, Tannehill and Chad Henne. During that span, none of them has a Total QBR above 55.

Burrow enters this week’s scouting combine as the overwhelming favorite to be the top overall pick. The former LSU quarterback won the Heisman Trophy and led the Tigers to a national championship in his final year of college.

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert were measured with 10-inch hands. Along with Burrow, they are expected to be among the top quarterback prospects available in the upcoming draft.

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Joe Burrow measured with 9-inch hands at combine

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Another talking point regarding potential No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow surfaced when his measurements were taken on Monday morning at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.

Burrow’s hand size was measured at 9 inches, a source confirmed to ESPN. The information was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

Per ESPN Stats & Information, the length from pinkie to thumb was tied for the smallest among first-round quarterbacks measured at the combine since 2008. Ryan Tannehill and Jared Goff, the others with those hand sizes, happened to be instructed by current Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor.

Taylor and the Bengals could potentially draft Burrow with the franchise’s first top overall pick since 2003. Taylor, a former quarterback at Nebraska, had a 9-inch hand measurement at the 2007 combine.

Of the 35 quarterbacks drafted in the first round since 2008, 9 7/10 inches is the average hand size, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who led Kansas City to victory at Super Bowl LIV and was named the game’s MVP, registered at 9¼ inches in 2017.

Over the past 10 years, a mere three quarterbacks with 9-inch hands have attempted more than 300 passes — Goff, Tannehill and Chad Henne. During that span, none of them has a Total QBR above 55.

Burrow enters this week’s scouting combine as the overwhelming favorite to be the top overall pick. The former LSU quarterback won the Heisman Trophy and led the Tigers to a national championship in his final year of college.

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert were measured with 10-inch hands. Along with Burrow, they are expected to be among the top quarterback prospects available in the upcoming draft.

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