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Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Edmond Robinson and Marcus Sherels have been downgraded to out for the Vikings' game in Jacksonville on Sunday. With Sherels out, Adam Thielen could get another chance to return punts against the Jaguars and come back from his fumble against the Cowboys on Dec. 1.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Cardell Hayes sworn in to take the stand in Will Smith shooting death trial. Hayes claims he killed the Saints standout in self-defense

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardell Hayes is taking the stand now in his own defense. He is accused of murdering Will Smith in April, claiming self-defense.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The prosecution points out through the lead homicide detective that witnesses who described Will Smith's party as the aggressors in their conflict with Cardell Hayes' party were not aware that Hayes intentionally rammed Smith's vehicle (as experts have testified) or that Hayes was the only person who exited his vehicle with a gun. The detective testifies that no one ever said Smith pulled a gun, fired a gun or threatened to get a gun, and no evidence shows that Smith did so either. The detective also testifies that no words being shouted by anyone in Smith's party would justify murder.

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Panthers LB Luke Kuechly has been ruled out of Sunday's game vs Chargers; still recovering from concussion.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Defense attorney John Fuller referencing a pop that Cardell Hayes may have heard before he fired at Will Smith. Then Fuller suggested Hayes may have seen Smith holding a gun and heard a pop before he started shooting. No one has presented evidence yet that Smith held or fired a gun, but the defense has hinted toward the possibility that Hayes will claim that's what happened.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Assistant district attorney Laura Rodrigue passionately countering the defense's claim that police rushed to judgment to charge Cardell Hayes for the murder of Will Smith. Through the lead homicide detective, she said Hayes' rights are being protected through months of investigation, speaking to witnesses, selection of a jury and a trial. She asked who was the only one who decided that Smith deserved the death penalty. The detective answered: Cardell Hayes.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Expectation remains that RB Shane Vereen will be activated this afternoon. Starting left guard Justin Pugh not returning to lineup this week vs. Cowboys.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton seated next to Racquel Smith as the trial against Will Smith's accused killer, Cardell Hayes, resumes Saturday. This is Payton's first appearance of the week. Will Smith was considering a coaching internship with the Saints this summer before he was killed in April.

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"He is putting his entire future and possibly his life on the line ..." Colin Kaepernick's parents speak out: es.pn/2goRoE5

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Weather for Sunday night Cowboys at Giants (per weather.com) is partly cloudy in AM followed by periods of snow showers later in day. Chance of snow 40%.