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Rams' Aaron Donald got an early jump on stardom

After a childhood filled with 4 a.m. weight-lifting sessions, Aaron Donald is on the fast-track to becoming the NFL's most dominant defensive tackle.

Decline in running back production in 2015 (0:55)
What you need to know for Week 5 (1:06)
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Bowen & Riddick: 10 toughest players to cover

Which NFL receivers would you least want to cover one-on-one? ESPN Insiders -- and former NFL safeties -- Matt Bowen and Louis Riddick rank the league's 10 biggest matchup nightmares.

The guiding hand who shaped Steelers All-Pro RB Le'Veon Bell (5:26)
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Dolphins up intensity with 'Oklahoma drill'

Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell, who vows to "change the culture" in Miami, had his players take part in the "Oklahoma drill" during Wednesday's practice.

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Kiper: Paxton Lynch on latest Big Board

A handful of new names dot Mel Kiper's latest Big Board, but Paxton Lynch of Memphis is the biggest mover. A quarterback with good size, he could end up as a first-round pick someday.

Hardy must temper expectation in Cowboys' debut (1:10)
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Seifert: Signs point to Dalton breakthrough

Is Andy Dalton finally ready to take Cincinnati on a deep playoff run? When you consider how he's progressed and how the Bengals have evolved as a team, the outlook is promising.


Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

I haven't seen Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer within 10 yards of each other on the sideline lately.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

These TDs aren’t just the first two catches of Jaleen Strong’s career. They’re the first two targets of his career as well. Pretty efficient.

Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 5

Eli Manning has been on a hot streak, tossing 7 TDs in his last 3 games. And with the 49ers coming to town, Berry believes it's a recipe for a handful of big plays vs. a team that has allowed the most 20-plus-yard plays this year. Love/Hate Week 5

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Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

Ideally, what Bill O'Brien would like to have is a QB who combines Hoyer's intelligence and decision-making with Mallett's size, arm talent

Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 5

Berry can't get enough of the rookie who ran all over the Cardinals a week ago. With the Packers on the docket, who allow the third-most yards before contact and yards per rush, Todd Gurley could go off on Sunday. Love/Hate Week 5

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Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

JJ Watt's team is losing to a backup QB so sick earlier this week he was hospitalized. Watt's team trailed Atl 42-0. Watt: 12-24 last 3 yrs.

Colts dominate Thursday night football

The Colts have won 10 straight Thursday games (including Thanksgiving games), the longest such winning streak in the NFL. The Colts last loss on Thursday night was the 2004 season opener against the Patriots. They lead the Texans 13-10 at halftime. Follow live

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Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

COLTS 13, TEXANS 10 (halftime): Jaelen Strong's first NFL catch was a 42-yard first-half Hail Mary touchdown catch on a pass from Brian Hoyer. Strong was inactive in the Texans prior three games. Hoyer took over for Ryan Mallett who appears to have been benched.

Flacco reads classic book to kids

There's no doubt about it, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is an elite children's book. Here to read it to Baltimore City elementary school students ... is Ravens QB Joe Flacco. Watch it


Foster taken to locker room after hit

Texans RB Arian Foster took a hard hit and went to the sideline to be examined before he went back into the game. He's now in the locker room to undergo concussion protocol.


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Arian Foster has gone to the locker room for concussion protocol. He sat out for one play before re-entering but has since been removed.

Hoyer replaces Mallett after hard hit

Texans QB Ryan Mallett went to the sidelines in the 2nd quarter after taking a helmet to the ribs and was replaced by Brian Hoyer. Mallett was ready to return to the game after two plays, but Hoyer remains in the game. Follow live

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Kevin Seifert @SeifertESPN

The Texans couldn’t have less conviction about their QBs than they do. Mallet gets the wind knocked out of him and can’t get back in.