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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz hoists the Vincent Lombardi trophy after the team won the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will not attend the Maxwell Football Club's annual awards gala at Tropicana Atlantic City on Friday.

Wentz, who won the organization's Bert Bell Award as Professional Player of the Year, informed the Maxwell Club "weeks ago" he would be out of town and unable to accept the award in person, according to a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Eagles.

However, Eagles coach Doug Pederson will be at the the Tropicana to accept the Greasy Neale Award as the Professional Coach of the Year, according to the Maxwell Club's Mark Wolpert.

Wentz was chosen to receive his honor after throwing a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes this season before suffering a season-ending knee injury against the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 10. Nick Foles took over and wound up leading the Eagles to a 41-33 victory over New England in Super Bowl LII. Foles was the Super Bowl MVP.

The event is sold out.

This is the second time in three years the Bert Bell Award winner will not have been present for the dinner. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did not appear two years ago. Last year's winner, Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, did come to Atlantic City.

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