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Brady named writers' MVP

Field Level Media
January 17. 2018 11:48PM
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named the 2017 NFL Most Valuable Player by the Professional Football Writers of America.

The PFWA also announced Wednesday that Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley was voted Offensive Player of the Year and Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell was selected Defensive Player of the Year.

Brady, in his 18th NFL season, is the 44th MVP honored by the PFWA, earning the award for the third time (2007, 2010). He is second behind Peyton Manning, who had four (2004, 2008, 2009, 2013).

The 40-year-old Brady started all 16 games in 2017 and completed 385 of 581 passes (66.3 percent) for a league-leading 4,577 yards with 32 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He had a 102.8 passer rating (third in the NFL) as the Patriots gained the AFC's No. 1 playoff seed with a 13-3 record behind 458 points scored (second in the NFL).

Gurley, in his third season, became the fourth Rams player to be selected as PFWA Offensive Player of the Year, with quarterback Kurt Warner (1999) and running back Marshall Faulk (2000-01). He is the first running back to win the Offensive Player of the Year award since DeMarco Murray (2014). Gurley was selected to the PFWA's 2017 All-NFL and All-NFC teams.

Brady on injury list

Brady was limited with a right hand injury and missed his regular media availability because he was with the team’s medical staff, the Patriots announced.

It’s the first time this season that Brady has been on the report for an injury to his throwing hand. He missed practice or was limited due to two other injuries — his left shoulder (Weeks 6 and 17) and Achilles (Weeks 12-15, 17).

Brady played 78 of 81 snaps in Saturday night’s divisional playoff win against the Tennessee Titans, with backup Brian Hoyer handling three kneel-downs to end the game. Brady finished with 337 passing yards, three touchdowns and a 102.5 rating in the 35-14 win.

All four of the others listed on New England’s injury report — Alan Branch, Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee, LaAdrian Waddle — got in limited practices with knee injuries in preparation for Sunday’s AFC title game against Jacksonville.

Meanwhile, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen missed Wednesday’s practice with a low back injury.


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