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Is David Johnson a better MVP candidate than Ezekiel Elliott?

For a running back to win MVP in 2016, he should at least be tops at his position. And it's clear who has been better.

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NFL's top 25 players under 25

We have some fresh faces atop our annual list of the best young players in the NFL, starting with a wide receiver who one evaluator said has done "Jerry Rice-type stuff" in his young career.


Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams QB Jared Goff returned to practice today from what he deemed a stomach issue and said he feels good. RB Benny Cunningham (neck) is doubtful after not practicing all week. CB EJ Gaines (thigh) also did not practice all week and is listed as questionable. LG Rodger Saffold (hand) and WR Tavon Austin (chest) were full participants all week and are good to go. DE Robert Quinn (concussion) is questionable, but practiced in full on Friday.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The full injury report for the Redskins-Eagles game:

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The state has now rested in the murder trial against Will Smith's alleged killer, Cardell Hayes. The defense will begin presenting its side after a short recess.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The person who sent a racist letter to Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall wanted to make "to make sure I got It," Marshall said, so the person put the return address as "Mrs. Jackson's Sixth Grade Class" and on the back of envelope was written "we love you Mr. Marshall." And the letter was filled with slurs -- disgusting, disheartening, deplorable," Marshall said.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Humphries and Demar Dotston both officially out this weekend for the Bucs. So is Luke Stocker and Chris Conte.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) and RB Mark Ingram (toe/knee) returned to practice on a limited basis Friday, increasing their chances of playing Sunday at Tampa Bay. Only three Saints did not practice -- center Max Unger (foot), linebacker Craig Robertson (shoulder) and safety Shiloh Keo (hamstring). All of them are officially listed as questionable, though.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams CB Trumaine Johnson was fined $18,231 for pulling the facemask of Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount in Sunday's game. Johnson wasn't penalized on the play.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams running back Todd Gurley was fined $9,115 for a chop block on Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower in Sunday's game. While Hightower was upset during the game, pointing towards Rams players, he said after the game that he spoke with Gurley and didn't believe it was intentional.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Friday's injury report: OLB John Simon, WR Braxton Miller, WR Jaelen Strong, RB Tyler Ervin and QB Tom Savage have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens LB Terrell Suggs gets his normal day off, G Marshal Yanda returns as full participant and G Alex Lewis practiced for first time since spraining ankle.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Travis Swanson OUT for Lions. DeAndre Levy, Theo Riddick, Ezekiel Ansah among the questionable.

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Browns rookie WR Jordan Payton suspended for four games, ending rookie season with 1 reception for 3 yards.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The prosecution appears to be wrapping up its case in the murder trial of Will Smith's accused killer, Cardell Hayes, with jurors looking through evidence displays. Jurors heard testimony Friday from a forensic pathologist, a vehicle crash expert and Smith's friend and former police captain Billy Ceravolo. The forensic pathologist testified that the first shot hit Smith from a level angle and into his left side, which suggests he wasn't reaching into his car for a gun as the defense has suggested. The crash expert testified that he believed Hayes intentionally hit Smith's vehicle before the shooting, since he didn't slam on his brakes and only slowed from 20 to 17 miles per hour. And Ceravolo refuted public claims made by defense attorney John Fuller in the media that he may have tampered with evidence.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Officially Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Giants with a back injury, but he is expected to be available even after missing the last two days of practice. Safety J.J. Wilcox (thigh) will miss his second straight game and cornerback Morris Claiborne (groin) and tackle Chaz Green (back) have also been ruled out.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions DE Armonty Bryant was not fined for roughing the passer against Drew Brees and the Saints last Sunday.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dolphins have a lengthy injury list this week. Among the key names are LB Kiko Alonso (thumb/hamstring) and LB Jelani Jenkins (knee/hand), who are listed as doubtful. CB Xavien Howard (knee) is questionable.