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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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Uni Watch: The NFL's shell game

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1dMel Kiper and Mike Sando

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.


Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

Once surgery finished, Derrick Johnson intends to help #Chiefs LBS prep for SB run. "My job now is to help us get a ring any way possible."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

A private detective for the defense testifies about a female witness who told him she thought she saw former NOPD captain Billy Ceravolo reach across Will Smith's body toward the glove compartment and pull out what she thought was a gun. The state gets the detective to acknowledge that she was wrong about Ceravolo being there at the time she said -- since surveillance video proved he wasn't there yet. The detective, David Olasky, said, "Some things about her story were true, some things she might have gotten wrong or confused. ... (But) I believe she saw someone removing something from the area of the glove box." The state has spent much of the day criticizing defense attorney John Fuller for publicly making such suggestions about Ceravolo, who took the stand earlier.

Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

#Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson plans surgery for torn Achilles but doesn't expect injury to end his NFL career. "I will play again' he said.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams RB Todd Gurley needs to average 81 rushing yards over these last four games to get to 1,000. "At the end of the day, looking for wins," he said. "But the big boys up front definitely want to get that for me, for sure. They're definitely going to be working."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams QB Jared Goff said he feels "really good." He got a lot of work done at the facility during Thursday's off day and had a full workout Friday. "Yesterday I was able to kind of regroup and get back to myself, and today I felt normal."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams HC Jeff Fisher, on GM Les Snead: "We communicate all the time, we work together, we make decisions together. I don't know where it's coming from. I'll find out. In our business, unnamed sources, they're not good." Fisher said he printed his transcripts from Tuesday, then the MMQB article, showed them to Snead and said, "How do you connect the dots? You can't."


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.