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Hoyer's practice work lauded

When Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn't practice Wednesday of last week, it was up to backup Brian Hoyer to keep the first-unit offense on track leading into the AFC Championship Game.

Hoyer's work at practice was recognized by the coaching staff, as he was named one of the team's practice players of the week. The practice player of the week honor is awarded to the players who the coaching staff feels best prepared the club in the days leading up to a victory, and the players don black jerseys at the next week's practices.

Hoyer was joined by offensive lineman Donald Thomas, practice squad offensive tackle Matt Kopa, practice squad linebacker Mike Rivera and practice squad safety Ross Ventrone as this week's picks. It's the fourth time he's been recognized this season.

The updated tabulations of practice players of the week:

DE Markell Carter -- 8

CB Antwaun Molden -- 5

OT Matt Kopa -- 5

OL Donald Thomas -- 5

QB Brian Hoyer -- 4

TE Garrett Mills -- 4

LB Mike Rivera -- 4

DL Alex Silvestro -- 4

WR/CB/KR/PR Julian Edelman -- 3

WR Tiquan Underwood -- 3

S Ross Ventrone -- 3

RB Shane Vereen -- 3

C/G Ryan Wendell -- 3

C/G Nick McDonald -- 2

CB Phillip Adams -- 1

DL Ron Brace -- 1

DE/LB Jermaine Cunningham -- 1

TE Dorin Dickerson -- 1

LB A.J. Edds -- 1

LB Dane Fletcher -- 1

DB Nate Jones -- 1

LB Niko Koutouvides -- 1

DL Kyle Love -- 1

QB Ryan Mallett -- 1

P Zoltan Mesko -- 1

DB Sterling Moore -- 1

WR/S Matthew Slater -- 1

LB Jeff Tarpinian -- 1

CB Josh Victorian -- 1

OT Thomas Welch -- 1

CB Malcolm Williams -- 1

For the week-by-week breakdown of practice players of the week, click on the "read full entry."

Week 19

QB Brian Hoyer

OL Matt Kopa

LB Mike Rivera

OL Donald Thomas

S Ross Ventrone

Week 18

DE Markell Carter

WR/CB/KR/PR Julian Edelman

LB Dane Fletcher

DB Nate Jones

WR/S Matthew Slater

Week 17

DE Markell Carter

CB Antwaun Molden

C/G Nick McDonald

LB Mike Rivera

WR Tiquan Underwood

Week 16

DL Ron Brace

OL Nick McDonald

DB Sterling Moore

WR Tiquan Underwood

OL Ryan Wendell

Week 15

TE Dorin Dickerson

WR/DB/PR/KR Julian Edelman

LB Mike Rivera

OL Donald Thomas

Week 14

G Donald Thomas

DE Markell Carter

P Zoltan Mesko

DE Alex Silvestro

S Ross Ventrone

Week 13

DE Alex Silvestro

DE Markell Carter

QB Brian Hoyer

G Donald Thomas

TE Garrett Mills

WR Tiquan Underwood

Week 12

DE Markell Carter

RB Shane Vereen

CB Malcolm Williams

Week 11

LB/DE Jermaine Cunningham

QB Brian Hoyer

LB Mike Rivera

Week 10

OL Donald Thomas

CB Phillip Adams

LB Niko Koutouvides

RB Shane Vereen

TE Garrett Mills

DE Alex Silvestro

DE Markell Carter

Week 6

DE Markell Carter

OL Matt Kopa

CB Antwaun Molden

DE Alex Silvestro

OL Thomas Welch

C/G Ryan Wendell

Week 5

DE Markell Carter

QB Ryan Mallett

TE Garrett Mills

CB Antwaun Molden

OL Ryan Wendell

Week 4

DL Kyle Love

OT Matt Kopa

CB Antwaun Molden

RB Shane Vereen

CB Josh Victorian

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