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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Petrus recognized for practice work

By Field Yates

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots didn't take the field for a true practice during their short week leading up to a Thanksgiving meeting with the New York Jets, but Bill Belichick nonetheless cited excellent preparation from his players as a critical part of the 49-19 win.

In particular, three players' efforts garnered special notice: defensive lineman Marcus Forston, fullback James Develin, and offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, who were named the practice players of the week for Week 12. 

Petrus, the former New York Giant, was signed by the team Nov. 13 so this is his first honor of the season. It was Develin's third and Forston's second.

The practice players of the week are those deemed to have best prepared the team in the days leading up to a victory.

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

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