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Vereen's practice work recognized

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Rookie running back Shane Vereen has yet to play an offensive snap this season, but coaches acknowledged his preparation by tabbing him as one of the team's "black jersey" winners.

Every week after a victory, coaches announce their practice players of the week and those players don black jerseys. Vereen joined cornerback Antwaun Molden, defensive lineman Kyle Love, practice squad offensive tackle Matt Kopa and practice squad cornerback Josh Victorian as this week's selections.

With running back Danny Woodhead not at practice Wednesday after injuring his left ankle in Sunday's win, Vereen could finally have his breakthrough this week.

The breakdown of practice players of the week:

Week 4

DL Kyle Love

OT Matt Kopa

CB Antwaun Molden

RB Shane Vereen

CB Josh Victorian (since released from practice squad)

Week 2

QB Brian Hoyer

OT Matt Kopa

TE Garrett Mills

CB Antwan Molden

LB Jeff Tarpinian

Week 1

WR Julian Edelman

LB A.J. Edds

OT Matt Kopa

S Ross Ventrone