Dolphins’ Pouncey returns from trip to Boston

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey confirmed he missed one day

of practice to fly to Boston, but he declined to say whether the

trip was related to the criminal case there involving his former

college teammate, ex-New England Patriots tight end Aaron

Hernandez.

Pouncey was served with a grand jury subpoena in the case

following the Dolphins’ game at New England in October.

Coincidentally, they play the Patriots again Sunday in Miami.

The reason for Pouncey missing practice Wednesday was listed as

”non-injury” by the team. He said he flew back to Miami that

night.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin

Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-professional football player. Hernandez

and Pouncey played together at the University of Florida.

Pouncey practiced Friday and said his one-day absence won’t

affect his performance Sunday.

”It’s something I had to go handle. I’m here with my football

team, so I’m happy,” Pouncey said. ”It would be just like if I

was injured (Wednesday) and I didn’t practice. I’m a veteran on

this team now and we’ve played this defense before. We’ll be all

right.”

As Pouncey left the locker room, he added: ”Here’s one thing I

can tell you about Boston: It’s cold.”

Pouncey hadn’t previously missed any practice time because of

the subpoena, but he sat out two games in November with a gall

bladder illness.

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