Brace helps in different ways

December, 28, 2011
12/28/11
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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

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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