Mike Pouncey #51 of the Miami Dolphins leads the team onto the field during a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on Aug. 9, 2013 in Jacksonville.
Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey missed the team's practice Wednesday because he went to Massachusetts to testify before a grand jury in the murder case involving his friend Aaron Hernandez, The Palm Beach Post reported.
The reason for Pouncey missing practice Wednesday was listed as "non-injury." The team declined to say whether Pouncey was absent because of his grand jury subpoena related to the criminal case involving Hernandez, a former New England Patriots tight end.
Hernandez was indicted in August in the killing of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-professional football player from Boston. He pleaded guilty the following month to first-degree murder and five other charges.
Pouncey is expected to play Sunday against New England.
Dolphins safety Reshad Jones missed practice Wednesday with a groin injury but said he expects to play Sunday.
Pouncey was served with the subpoena following the Dolphins' game at New England in October, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. 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.
Pouncey came under scrutiny in July when he and his twin brother Maurkice wore hats that read "Free Hernandez" in a nightclub at their birthday party. Maurkice later apologized for it, while Mike has not commented publicly on the incident.