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Dolphins' Mike Pouncey says he doesn't need mental health evaluation

MIAMI -- Mike Pouncey has no regrets about how the Miami Dolphins' 2013 season unfolded and does not believe he needs the NFL-mandated medical evaluation that is the result of the team's bullying scandal.

Pouncey, the Dolphins' starting center, made those remarks after the team's first Organized Team Activities (OTA) practice Tuesday, meeting with reporters for the first time since the release of the Wells Report.

Ted Wells, an NFL-appointed investigator, said Pouncey and fellow offensive linemen Richie Incognito and John Jerry engaged in a pattern of abuse directed at teammates and Dolphins staff. The league has decided that Pouncey must undergo a mental-health evaluation before being allowed to play this fall – a prospect Pouncey is not happy about.

Asked what the evaluation would entail, Pouncey responded: "I have no clue, but I don't think I need that. I don't think I do."

After fielding a string of question about the bullying scandal, Pouncey was asked if he has any regrets about how last season went.

"No, not at all," he said.

Pouncey has not yet heard from the league about any additional punishment, but "no question" he expects to be on the field when the season starts.

Pouncey also addressed his draft-night tweet, in which he reacted to the Dolphins selecting offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James with the 19th overall pick by writing: "Great pick! I can't wait for our gifts he's getting us lol."

Young players such as former Dolphin Jonathan Martin have complained that they've been pressured to spend money on entertainment for veteran players.

Said Pouncey: "Obviously, (the tweet) was a joke, but I'm not here to be a distraction. It's all about football right now. We've moved on from that."

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