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Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Next the state will put on its rebuttal case. Likely to include recorded jail calls where Cardell Hayes allegedly makes disparaging remarks about Racquel Smith (calling her a phony) and suggesting she will have to present her dead husband at the Hall of Fame. Hayes denies making those statements.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The defense appears to be wrapping up its side of the case in the murder trial of Will Smith's accused killer, Cardell Hayes. The jury can examine all of the defense exhibits. Then the state will put on a rebuttal case before we get to closing arguments.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets have waived S Antonio Allen (concussion) with an injury designation. They signed LB Freddie Bishop from the PS.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Cardell Hayes says he shot Will Smith last April because "I had no other options. My life was on the line." His attorney John Fuller supports Hayes re-telling of events though it contradicts versions provided by most other witnesses. "They saw what they saw and heard what they heard. You saw what you saw and heard what you heard." Both sides are done questioning Hayes who is done testifying after almost exactly two hours on the stand.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardell Hayes steps down from the stand. His total amount of testimony was about two hours with a lunch break in between.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Assistant DA Jason Napoli tells Hayes "In order for this jury to believe you it would have to essentially ignore every other witness." Hayes remains steadfast telling Napoli this is his version of events.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Griff Whalen, signed to a one-year contract on Thursday, meets with reporters.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jaguars have placed TE Julius Thomas (back) and DE Jared Odrick (shoulder) on IR, ending their 2016 seasons.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

How cool is this picture? Ex-Jet Marty Lyons -- old No. 93 for the Crimson Tide -- graduates today from Alabama with the current No. 93, Jonathan Allen. Lyons promised Bear Bryant 37 years ago that he'd get his degree. Bear would be proud.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Browns signed CB Jamar Taylor to a three-year contract extension. The Browns acquired Taylor in a draft day trade with Miami.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed remains a game-time decision but it looks good for his availability vs. Philadelphia Sunday, a source said. The Redskins want to make sure his injured left shoulder continues to improve. Reed was limited in practice this week after missing last week's game vs. Arizona. At times he showed discomfort with his shoulder in practice but he also was able to show good range of motion.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardell Hayes insisting he didn't shoot Racquel Smith, says he doesn't know who did. Implication is it may have been Will Smith, but Hayes said he didn't see it. State also gets Hayes to acknowledge that Richard Hernandez ran off "way before" shots were fired, so Hernandez had nothing to do with threat Hayes felt at the time of the shooting. ... Court is now in recess for lunch.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have ruled wide receiver Lucky Whitehead out of Sunday's game against the New York Giants for violating team rules. He is not on the team flight to New Jersey.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Hayes says "I have been fighting a murder charge a whole year and I am completely innocent trying to defend my life. Twice in one year I'm trying to defend my life." Assistant District Attorney Jason Napoli has been peppering Hayes that no other witness corroborates any of Hayes' testimony. Hayes insists he can't speak for any other witness and maintains he has been telling the truth throughout his testimony.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Prosecution asking Cardell Hayes about how he never mentioned Will Smith having a gun in his hand when he was recorded talking to two people on the scene about what happened or when he briefly explained to detectives what happened that night. Hayes repeatedly responds that he never gave a full statement. Hayes gets off the stand to demonstrate how far away he was from Smith's Mercedes when he shot. Hayes said he never fired into the Mercedes and can't explain how a shell casing wound up inside Smith's car.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Saints coach Sean Payton leaves the courtroom to join his team on its flight to Tampa. Payton was in court to support Racquel Smith and her family.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton and Deuce McAllister leave the courtroom -- presumably to prepare for a flight to Tampa Bay for Sunday's game.