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Why Cam Newton is a legit MVP candidate

Even with a limited receiving corps and a struggling offensive line, Newton has the Panthers 3-0. He's accomplished more with less than any other QB, writes Jason Reid. Story

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Brees starting vs. Cowboys

Saints QB Drew Brees told ESPN's Ed Werder he believes his passing shoulder is healthy and he is not puting his health at risk by starting in tomorrow night's game. He injured two muscles in his right rotator cuff and another in his shoulder in the Tampa Bay game on Sept. 20.

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Wide receiver Steve Smith has been ruled out for next Sunday's game against the Browns, coach John Harbaugh told Comcast SportsNet. Smith has micro fractures in his back. "I think he's going to be OK in the long run," Harbaugh said.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams-Ravens trade is now official with league. Rams actually getting a conditional 2018 seventh-round pick from Baltimore in exchange for WR Chris Givens. Rams also released DT Doug Worthington from the practice squad.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Predicting the Jets' inactives for tomorrow's game against the Dolphins: G Willie Colon, TE Jeff Cumberland, WR Chris Owusu, QB Bryce Petty, LB Jamari Lattimore, CB Darrin Walls and S Jaiquawn Jarrett. It's a tough call on WR Eric Decker (sprained knee). It could depend on how he works out in pre-game. I could see him dressing, but used in an emergency role, as Chris Ivory was last week.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers announced they have promoted WR Jared Abbrederis from the practice squad and released DL Bruce Gaston -- a sign Davante Adams won't play Sunday vs. the 49ers.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Giants TE Daniel Fells (ankle) ruled out for Sunday. Giants signed TE Will Tye from their practice squad, released DT Kenrick Ellis.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins, in need of corner depth have promoted corner Deshazor Everett and cut defensive lineman Frank Kearse. Redskins corner Chris Culliver is questionable with a knee injury for Sunday's game vs. Philadelphia.

Will Arian Foster play this week?

Stephania Bell on the Texans' RB, who hasn't played all season: "All signs point to a go for Foster this Sunday although he remains a game-time decision, just as coach Bill O’Brien has said throughout the week." More injury updates


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is officially questionable for Monday night's game with a hamstring injury. He will likely go through an on-field routine with the trainers Monday afternoon to see how he feels. Nose tackle Brandon Mebane is questionable (groin) too. If he can't play, Jordan Hill will get the start. Hill played well in Week 3 vs. the Bears.

More wins on the way for the Packers?

Green Bay is a heavy favorite in each of its next three games before a pair of tough visits to Denver and Carolina.


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Not a big surprise here: Packers WR Davante Adams (ankle) and S Morgan Burnett (calf) have been downgraded to DOUBTFUL for tomorrow’s game against the 49ers. They had been questionable.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"Obviously, he felt like it was his fault (last week) but it's on us to keep his head up, have his back, now more than ever, and keep giving him confidence that he's our guy. Because he is." - 49ers receiver Torrey Smith, on quarterback Colin Kaepernick

Field Yates @FieldYates

Due to injury & performance, the Steelers will be paying $6M this season to kickers not currently on their active roster.

Steelers release K Scobee, sign Boswell

The Steelers released veteran kicker Josh Scobee, two days after he missed two late FGs in the OT loss to the Ravens. He is replaced by Chris Boswell, who was in Giants training camp this summer.

Steve Smith listed as "week to week"

He left Thursday's game injured. The team released a statement, "While the Ravens do not give specifics about injuries out of respect to the men on our team and HIPAA laws, we want to dispel rumors and stories currently being reported about Steve Smith Sr.'s injury. He does have a back injury. It is not a surgical issue. His status is currently week-to-week."

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The Cardinals look to start 4-0 for the first time in 40 years as they prepare to face the Rams. Catch up on all the Sunday Storylines in the latest edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.


Rawls carries lots of fantasy intrigue

With Marshawn Lynch's status up in the air for Monday night, rookie RB Thomas Rawls could be in for a second straight big performance. More fantasy notes (Insider)


Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden Tate named a game captain for the Detroit Lions for Monday night against Seattle. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said "it was just his turn," but Tate is facing his former team, the Seahawks.

Swami Sez: Week 4 picks

Chris Berman likes New York to win in London against division-rival Miami.


Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

With open roster spot created by Chris Givens trade, Rams will likely wait to fill it until Monday. That's when RB Trey Watts comes back from four-game suspension and is expected to land back on 53-man roster.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams traded WR Chris Givens to Baltimore for a 2017 seventh-round draft pick. Logical move for all parties. With Brian Quick expected back Sunday, a receiver was likely going to be inactive moving forward. Givens was the choice because others needed for special teams. Also allows Givens, who is in contract year, a chance at a fresh start for a team in need of a deep threat.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Ravens traded 7th-round pick in 2017 to Rams for WR Chris Givens. Baltimore needed WR with Steve Smith nursing back injury, Perriman down.