Pouncey underwent neck surgery after week 5 of last season and was placed on an injured reserve.
"I feel great," Pouncey said in a Zoom call with reporters. "It's still a process coming back from neck surgery, so I'm just in the rehab phase. But yes, if you ask the doctor who did my surgery, I was allowed to play."
Pouncey said he has returned to his normal training routine and hopes to be a "full go" when the team can resume football activities.
California remains under "safer at home" restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pouncey, who is playing with a $ 9 million contract for a year, said he would be open for Chargers to play elsewhere if the state does not allow sports to return.
"Yes, I think so," said Pouncey, when asked if he would accept moving to Nevada or Arizona. "We are all dealing with change through these difficult times, and I think this is something that everyone in the world needs to adapt to, not just us as football players."
"So we are all professionals. If we need to move to a different state or city in order to be able to go back to work and help feed our families, I am sure that many guys, most guys, would be willing to do that."
A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Pouncey is a critical part of a Chargers offensive line that has undergone significant changes in the off-season. Bolts negotiated left tackle Russell Okung to Carolina Panthers for right guard Trai Turner and signed veteran face right Bryan Bulaga to a $ 30 million three-year contract.
Pouncey's return provides a veteran presence as the Chargers begin a new era in the next quarterback Philip Rivers& # 39; free agency departure after 16 seasons. Rivers signed a $ 25 million one-year contract with Indianapolis Colts.
"I feel like all Philip Rivers fans feel: it's a shame to see him play on a different football team," said Pouncey. "I think we all admire him all his career, the player he always was, the person he is, and I don't wish him anything but the best. I'm going to miss everything about him."
"I really believe in Tyrod. I think he's a guy who proved himself in this league. He's a golfer. Everyone is watching this, being part of [the] team last year, "said Pouncey." And a guy like Justin Herbert, sketching him in the first round, you see the potential he has. He is a big boy, he has a big arm and, if you watch him throughout his university career, you know that he is very explosive playing football and playing football ".