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Mike Pouncey says ties to Aaron Hernandez not distracting

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09:05 AM ET 12.14 | Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey was back at practice Friday after being subpoenaed before a Massachusetts grand jury to discuss the Aaron Hernandez murder case. A former New England Patriots tight end, Hernandez is a former college teammate of Hernandez's at the University of Florida. Hernandez is in jail on a first-degree murder charge stemming from the killing of Odin Lloyd. Pouncey said missing practice time won't shake his focus for Sunday's game against the Patriots. "It wasn't a distraction at all," Pouncey said. "We're all professional football players. It's something that I had to go handle. I'm here with my football team, so I'm happy." Pouncey recently missed two games due to a stomach illness. "It hasn't affected my play on the field at all, so I guess that's kept me sane," Pouncey said. "The guys in the locker room have been phenomenal just getting me through this year."

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December 14, 2013  09:38 AM ET

Look at that facemask.

I'm really surprised to see an offensive linemen with so few bars of protection. Those guys play dirty in the trenches. Looks like a broken jaw waiting to happen.

December 14, 2013  09:56 AM ET

Hernandez was last seen wearing a " Free Pouncey " cap . I think, but not 100% sure.

December 14, 2013  10:05 AM ET

Boring story.

December 14, 2013  10:45 AM ET

"Curse of NE Tight Ends" opens Dec. 25th.

December 14, 2013  10:53 AM ET

Thug.

December 14, 2013  10:54 AM ET

He played at Florida so he's used to being questioned by the police

December 14, 2013  11:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Hernandez was last seen wearing a " Free Pouncey " cap . I think, but not 100% sure.

Nice.

December 14, 2013  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He played at Florida so he's used to being questioned by the police

At least Florida players can be home for the holidays without worrying about a pesky bowl game to play this season.

December 14, 2013  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

"Curse of NE Tight Ends" opens Dec. 25th.

Will there be a sequel ?

 
December 14, 2013  07:34 PM ET

Mike Pouncey says ties to Aaron Hernandez not distracting.



It's all those darn grand jury appearances that are annoying...

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