Dolphin Mike Pouncey, brother Maurkice wear hats supporting former UF teammate Aaron Hernandez

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The New England Patriots might have cut ties with Aaron Hernandez, but former teammates apparently have not.

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey was photographed wearing a hat with the words “Free Hernandez” — an apparent reference for his former University of Florida teammate, Hernandez, who last month was charged with murdering 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

Pouncey and his brother, Steelers center Maurkice, caused a stir on several national websites Sunday because they wore “Free Hernandez” hats. Both played with Hernandez at UF, and Mike Pouncey was Hernandez’s roommate there.

Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said the team “only recently heard about it” and would have no comment.

Hernandez was released by the New England Patriots on June 26 hours after he was charged with first-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail. He could face a life sentence without parole if convicted.

Mike Pouncey made the all-rookie team in 2011 and was named a Pro Bowl alternate last season.

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