Posted December 13, 2013

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey: Grand jury appearance has not been a distraction

Mike Pouncey has started all 11 games he has appeared in this season. (Al Bello Getty Images)

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey has started all 11 games he has appeared in this season. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey said he has not been distracted after returning to the team following an appearance on Wednesday to talk to a grand jury about the Aaron Hernandez case, reports’s James Walker.

Pouncey was in Massachusetts to talk to investigators and would not discuss the specifics of the appearance. He was subpoenaed after the Dolphins’ Oct. 27 road loss to the New England Patriots.

Pouncey was Hernandez’s teammate at the University of Florida

“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.”

“It hasn’t affected my play on the football 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.

Hernandez is accused of the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd and is currently in jail awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge and several gun charges.

The Dolphins play the Patriots on Sunday, as the team tries to make its way into the AFC playoffs.