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TE Fells among award winners

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With tight end Rob Gronkowski out with a broken forearm, the Patriots turned to top backup Michael Hoomanawanui in Sunday's win over the Texans. In Sunday's AFC Championship Game, veteran Daniel Fells also figures to be part of the mix.

Fells, who was a healthy scratch Sunday, showed up on the radar Wednesday as the Patriots announced he was one of their practice players of the week.

The practice players of the week are those who the coaching staff feels best prepared the team in the days leading up to a victory.

In addition to Fells, defensive back Derrick Martin, practice squad linebacker Jeff Tarpinian, receiver Kamar Aiken, quarterback Ryan Mallett and offensive lineman Nick McDonald earned the honor this week. The six players are a season high.

The following are this year's practice players of the week:

vs. Texans

WR Kamar Aiken

TE Daniel Fells

QB Ryan Mallett

DB Derrick Martin

OL Nick McDonald

LB Jeff Tarpinian

vs. Dolphins

DE Jake Bequette

WR Jeremy Ebert

DT Marcus Forston

QB Ryan Mallett

at Jaguars

WR Kamar Aiken

TE Daniel Fells

LB Jeff Tarpinian

DB Malcolm Williams

vs. Texans

DE Jake Bequette

DL Marcus Forston

DE Justin Francis

RB Shane Vereen

at Dolphins

WR Kamar Aiken

QB Ryan Mallett

DB Derrick Martin

RB Shane Vereen

RB Danny Woodhead

at Jets

DL Marcus Forston

FB James Develin

OL Mitch Petrus

vs. Colts

DE Jake Bequette

DE Justin Francis

DE Trevor Scott

WR Matthew Slater

vs. Bills

DL Brandon Deaderick

QB Ryan Mallett

S Derrick Martin

RB Shane Vereen

at Rams

FB James Develin

OL Nick McDonald

LB Jeff Tarpinian

vs. Jets

DE Jake Bequette

WR Julian Edelman

DL Marcus Forston

DE Justin Francis

WR Greg Salas

vs. Broncos

FB James Develin

TE Daniel Fells

DE Justin Francis

QB Ryan Mallett

DE Trevor Scott

at Bills

DB Malcolm Williams

at Titans

OT Marcus Cannon

WR Julian Edelman

DE Justin Francis

LB Jeff Tarpinian