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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%.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The San Francisco 49ers agreed to a five-year, $35 million contract extension with TE Vance McDonald on Friday, according to ESPN NFL Insiders Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan. The Niners have been pleased with how McDonald has progressed this season with GM Trent Baalke recently praising McDonald's all-around game. McDonald has set career highs in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in the first 12 games, though those numbers are still very modest. With plenty of cap space, the Niners are betting that McDonald will continue to ascend.

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Jeremy Hill and Jameis Winston could be the difference between a championship and fantasy football shame. es.pn/2h7umkt