NFL notebook: Mike Pouncey not apologizing

| Sunday, July 21, 2013, 7:45 p.m.

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey has declined to join twin brother Maurkice in apologizing for wearing a baseball cap that supported former college teammate Aaron Hernandez.

The Pounceys were photographed a week ago wearing hats that read “Free Hernandez” during their birthday party in Miami.

Hernandez played at Florida with the Pounceys in 2007-09.

The former Patriots tight end is charged with a murder in Massachusetts and has pleaded not guilty.

Following the Dolphins' first training camp practice Sunday, Mike Pouncey said he didn't want to discuss his cap because he wanted to focus on football.

“I'm just here to focus on football,” he said. Later he added, “We get paid a lot of money to act a certain way, and that's the way we should be acting.”

Miami coach Joe Philbin declined to disclose what he said to Pouncey about the cap.

“I will tell you that it's important for every member of this organization — player, coach — to represent the Miami Dolphins in a first-class manner,” Philbin said.

Maurkice Pouncey, an All-Pro center for the Steelers, said last week on his Twitter account that he understood the seriousness of the situation involving Hernandez and regretted making light of it.

• The Browns signed No. 6 overall pick Barkevious Mingo to a four-year contract. The deal, which is worth more than $16 million, includes a team option in the fifth year. Mingo, a linebacker, had been the team's only unsigned rookie. Mingo played defensive end in college but will switch to outside linebacker in new coordinator Ray Horton's 3-4, multi-front alignment. He mostly worked with the second-team defense in spring practices, behind Paul Kruger and Pitt product Jabaal Sheard. Mingo, though, is expected to have an impact on Cleveland's defense in his first season.

• The Cowboys placed defensive tackle Jay Ratliff and guards MackenzyBernadeau and Nate Livings on injured lists before the opening workout of training camp. There was no immediate word on their injuries. All three are projected starters.

• Dolphins top draft pick Dion Jordan is sitting out the start of training camp because his surgically repaired right shoulder has not fully healed, and he has been placed on the non-football injury list.

— AP

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