Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) against the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC Divisional Round at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Donald, Derrick Henry win PFWA awards

Aaron Rodgers was named Most Valuable Player and Aaron Donald and Derrick Henry were tabbed as the defensive and offensive players of the year by the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) on Wednesday.

Rodgers won MVP honors for the third time (2011, 2014) after leading the Green Bay Packers to the No. 1 NFC playoff seed and throwing a career-high 48 touchdown passes.

Donald won Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in three seasons (2018) after another dominating season for the Los Angeles Rams, the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense in 2020. He tied for second in the league with 13.5 sacks and forced four fumbles.

Henry led the league in rushing with 2,027 yards and added 17 touchdowns for the Tennessee Titans, earning Offensive Player of the Year. He’s the first Titans player to ever win the award and the first running back since 2017 (Todd Gurley).

The PFWA on Tuesday tabbed Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert and Washington defensive end Chase Young as the offensive and defensive rookies of the year.

Young led all NFL rookies in sacks with 7.5 and Herbert set NFL rookie records for touchdown passes (31) and total touchdowns (36).

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Dec 27, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) fumbles the ball on a hit by Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) in the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Young explains why he called out Tom Brady

Washington Football Team rookie defensive end Chase Young doubled down on his comments regarding Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday.

As for Brady, the six-time Super Bowl champion didn’t sound interested in stoking the fire.

Let’s start with Young’s comments on Sunday, when the 21-year-old was caught on camera saying: “Tom Brady, Tom Brady, I’m coming! I want Tom! I want Tom.”

Young didn’t back off on Wednesday, which is three days before fourth-seeded Washington (7-9) hosts the fifth-seeded Buccaneers (11-5).

“I play ball,” Young said. “I’m excited to go against the best. The media, their job is to stir it up. If you know me, I’m excited for every game. Tom Brady, you think I’m not excited to play against the G.O.A.T.? You trippin’. I’m not going to apologize for saying I want Tom. No, I want every quarterback I play against.”

Young has done his fair share of getting after the quarterback since being selected by Washington with the second overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. He has collected 44 tackles, 7.5 sacks and a team-best four forced fumbles over 15 games during his Pro Bowl season.

Brady, 43, had no issue acknowledging Young on Wednesday.

“He’s obviously a great young player. We’ve got our hands full with that D-Line – one of the best D-Lines in the league,” Brady said. “Chase is a great young player — he went to Ohio State, so naturally I think that Ohio State-Michigan thing wears off on him a little bit. I understand that. We’re prepared for a tough challenge and it should be a fun game.”

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Sep 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Washington’s Young out, McLaurin questionable vs. Ravens

Washington Football Team rookie defensive end Chase Young has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Coach Ron Rivera said that Young is “day-to-day” with the groin injury he sustained during last Sunday’s 34-20 loss to Cleveland.

Young, the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, has collected eight tackles and 2.5 sacks in three games for Washington.

Wide receiver Terry McLaurin is listed as questionable for the contest versus Baltimore (2-1) after sitting out practice on Friday. He injured his thigh during the previous day’s practice.

McLaurin, 25, leads the team in receptions (16) and receiving yards (269). He also has a touchdown catch for Washington (1-2), which will look to snap a two-game skid on Sunday.

Should McLaurin sit out on Sunday, Washington could look to tight end Logan Thomas (12 catches, 94 yards, one touchdown) or Dontrelle Inman (seven receptions, 76 yards, two scores) to aid its passing game.

Also on Friday, Washington placed running back Bryce Love on injured reserve. Love has experienced swelling in his knee as he works to return since tearing his ACL in his final collegiate game in December 2018.

“It’s probably from overuse,” Rivera said. “He’s got some issues with (his knee), so we decided to IR him and put him down so he can rest it and get that swelling down.”

Rivera added that he hopes Love will only be out 3-4 weeks (new injured reserve rules allow players to come off the list after three weeks) and, when asked whether the injury was considered season-ending, said, “No. Not at all.”

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Sep 27, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws a pass over Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Washington DE Young (groin) to miss Week 4

Washington Football Team rookie defensive end Chase Young will miss this week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens with a moderate groin strain, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Young will be considered week-to-week after Week 4, per the report.

Young limped off the field last week against the Cleveland Browns with just under 11 minutes to play in the first half.

Young, the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, entered the game tied for the NFL lead with 2.5 sacks this season.

Young registered 16.5 sacks last season with the Buckeyes. The 21-year-old recorded 30.5 sacks in three seasons with Ohio State.

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Sep 27, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws a pass over Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Washington rookie DE Young (groin) out vs. Browns

Washington Football Team rookie defensive end Chase Young sustained a groin injury and has been ruled out of the remainder of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

Young limped off the field with just under 11 minutes to play in the first half, ripping off his gloves along the way.

Young, the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, entered the game tied for the NFL lead with 2.5 sacks this season.

Young registered 16.5 sacks last season with the Buckeyes. The 21-year-old recorded 30.5 sacks in three seasons with Ohio State.

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Aug 19, 2020; Ashburn, Virginia, USA; Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) walks onto the field prior to day twenty-two of training camp at Inova Sports Performance Center in Ashburn, Virginia. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington being cautious with DE Young (hip flexor)

The Washington Football Team plans to exercise caution with rookie defensive end Chase Young, who is nursing a hip flexor injury.

Young, the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, spent the majority of Wednesday’s practice as an observer.

“That was more caution than it was anything else,” Washington coach Ron Rivera said. “He’s got a little bit of a hip flexor there and we want to be smart. We don’t want to work him down because the next thing you know he’s missing four or five days. We’re just trying to be smart about that.”

Young, who inked a four-year, $34.56 million deal with a $22.697 million signing bonus, registered 16.5 sacks last season at Ohio State. The 21-year-old recorded 30.5 sacks in three seasons with the Buckeyes.

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