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Hoyer's work as Palko acknowledged

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer's work in preparing the starting defense for unfamiliar Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko was acknowledged by coaches today.

Hoyer was named one of three practice players of the week, along with defensive end/linebacker Jermaine Cunningham and practice squad linebacker Mike Rivera.

Hoyer knew Palko from their college days, starting when Hoyer visited Pittsburgh, where Palko was the starting quarterback. Hoyer ultimately attended Michigan State and crossed paths with Palko again when Michigan State and Pittsburgh played each other.

While Hoyer is right-handed, he spent more time in practice last week rolling out to his left in an attempt to duplicate the left-handed Palko, who was making his first career NFL start Monday.

The breakdown of practice players of the week:

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