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Brace helps in different ways

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Two weeks ago in Denver, defensive lineman Ron Brace forced a fumble that proved to be one of the big plays in the game. Then Saturday against the Dolphins, he was inactive.

Still, Brace's contributions came in different ways, as he was named one of the practice players of the week, the honor given to those who are deemed to best prepare the club in the days leading up to a victory.

It was the first practice player of the week recognition for Brace this year. He was joined by offensive lineman Nick McDonald, defensive back Sterling Moore, receiver Tiquan Underwood and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell.

The breakdown of practice players of the week:

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