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3hDan Graziano

ESPN's NFL MVP Poll: Brady, Stafford parked behind Carr

How close is Tom Brady to catching Derek Carr? Where did Matthew Stafford come from? And where did Matt Ryan go?

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Elliott has improved in all aspects of his game (0:35)
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Steve Smith rocks a Yoda onesie (0:20)
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Stephen A. reveals the origin of his disdain for the Cowboys (2:25)
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Can RG III lead Browns to first win of season? (1:59)
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LeSean McCoy standing behind Tyrod Taylor (0:37)
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5hAaron Schatz

Playoff odds: How will wacky AFC play out?

How much did the Broncos' wild-card odds rise? Do the Steelers have the edge over the Ravens in the AFC North? Football Outsiders updates the postseason odds for every team.

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JPP's injury may have a major impact on NFC East (1:22)
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Woody is tired of Jones' focus on Romo (1:23)
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Beast mode in a dune buggy? Marshawn can hardly contain himself (1:30)
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Adrienne J. Lawrence

Why was the death of Joe McKnight manslaughter?

A man shot and killed McKnight in a "road rage" incident in Louisiana, and that man's version of events has been given the benefit of the doubt. There's a problem with that.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Testimony has concluded for the night after the second day of the Will Smith murder trial in New Orleans.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams quarterback Jared Goff missed practice today because he was not feeling well. Jeff Fisher said a virus has been going around and that this does not set Goff back for Sunday "at all."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets have claimed LB Arthur Brown off waivers from the Jaguars and waived/injured Julian Stanford. He suffered an ankle injury on Monday night and didn't practice today.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick didn't want to comment on how Todd Bowles botched the execution of the quarterback change. Fitzpatrick and Bowles met this morning. Bowles explained the demotion. "I want to be out there playing," Fitzpatrick told ESPN.com. "I'm a competitor, I want to play, but that's the decision they made. Now my role is to help Bryce (Petty) as much as I can."

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Only one player did not practice for the San Diego Chargers on Wednesday, cornerback Brandon Flowers (concussion). LB Jatavis Brown returned to practice after missing the last four games with a knee issue. Brown was a limited participant. DE Joey Bosa (knee), WR Dontrelle Inman (ankle), S Dwight Lowery (hand) and WR Tyrell Williams (shoulder) were all full participants.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints head coach Sean Payton said the Bucs are playing "real good team defense." He said, "If you look at the last four weeks, six weeks, seven weeks, their takeaway numbers, their caused fumbles are at the top of the league. I mean, crazy numbers." He added, "I think they run extremely well. They've done a great job disrupting the ball."

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Raiders owner Mark Davis offered his thoughts on the late Bill King, a former longtime radio voice of the Raiders, being recognized by the Baseball Hall of Fame as an announcer. King was a Bay Area media icon as he not only called games for the Raiders and Athletics, but also the NBA's Golden State Warriors.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, rookie strong safety Karl Joseph has been ruled out of Thursday night's game at the Kansas City Chiefs with his left big toe injury. Expect veteran Nate Allen and/or Keith McGill to get the start alongside free safety Reggie Nelson. Also, DL Darius Latham was upgraded to a limited practice on Wednesday after sitting out Monday and Tuesday.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebacker Robert Mathis (bicep) continues to be out for the Colts. Here's a look at the rest of the team's injury report:

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera apparently wasn't happy with the continued talk about his decision to bench NFL MVP Cam Newton for the opening series of Sunday's loss for not wearing a tie on the Saturday flight to Seattle. Here's how he opened Wednesday's press conference in a rather terse tone: "Apparently, doing what you're supposed to do doesn't seem to explain the situation, set of circumstances. So I'm going to address this one last time. OK? Again, I made a decision based on rules. Treat everybody the same. The reason you do it, especially when you're having a tough season, is because if you don't, chaos, it can consume your football team. The idea was to do the right thing treat everybody the same. I've done it before where I've had to treat people the same, and that's all I've done. That's the end of it. Please, as a football team, we would like to move forward and start focusing on the San Diego Chargers. So I'm going to ask you not to start asking questions [about it]. I'm going to talk about the Chargers, I'm going to talk about our football team going forward. Thank you.''

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Ryan, who missed two games in 2009 as a result of turf toe, on if he'll offer any advice to Julio Jones on how to deal with the injury, "Julio and I are two completely different athletes. I don't think he needs any advice from me on how to get himself ready. I would know nothing about what he needs to get ready to go."

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Richard Sherman on the Seahawks' dress code, which he describes as "very ambiguous."

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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Broncos-Titans injury report.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets' injury report is lengthy -- 10 players didn't practice. C Nick Mangold is in a walking boot and unlikely to play. Newly re-signed Khiry Robinson still is a recovering from a broken leg, but he's not that far away, per Todd Bowles. When healthy, Robinson could return punts and kickoffs.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Today's Bucs-Saints injury report...right tackle Demar Dotson is in the concussion protocol now. Gerald McCoy also not practicing.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Jurrell Casey said sitting out today rested his sprained foot. "I feel I can walk out there and be effective," he said of Sunday vs. Denver. "Definitely be good to go."

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Wesley Woodyard played for Denver before he signed with the Titans. Said a victory over the Broncos "would be a huge win for us."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will not speak to the media today as he typically does on Wednesday. Team officials did not offer explanation. Newton did practice.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Jury laughing as assistant district attorney and eyewitness describe Richard Hernandez bouncing around wildly, looking like he may or may not want to fight before his wife pulled him away. Eyewitness said, "I couldn't take my eyes off him," but said he got the impression that he wouldn't have stood a chance if he tried to fight and was probably glad his wife pulled him away to save face.