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Brian Urlacher fell seven votes shy of winning the AP's NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.

New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan earned the honor Wednesday with 27 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who cover the NFL.

Strahan set an NFL record this season with 22.5 sacks.

Urlacher, who joined Strahan on AP's all-pro team, was second with 20 votes. Baltimore middle linebacker Ray Lewis (2) and Cleveland linebacker Jamir Miller (1) also received votes.

Though Urlacher was the runner-up, it's clear that the Bears wouldn't trade their 2000 first-round pick for any defensive player in the league.

The old-school linebacker led the team with 148 tackles, tied for second with three interceptions and was third with six sacks. He also scored his first two NFL TDs on a 90-yard fumble return at Atlanta and a 27-yard pass from Brad Maynard on a fake field goal at Washington.

Injury Report: Left guard Rex Tucker (calf) practiced for a second straight day and is expected to play in Saturday's divisional playoff game against Philadelphia at Soldier Field (3:30 p.m. CST, Fox). Tucker is listed as questionable on the injury report.

Larry Whigham (hamstring) and cornerback Walt Harris (ankle) both practiced for a third straight day Thursday and are also expected to play after missing the season finale.

The Eagles list three players on their injury report: LB Ike Reese (foot) is out; and C Hank Fraley (ankle) and DT Paul Grasmanis (knee) are probable.


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