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11hTory Zawacki

How Andre Johnson and Frank Gore reunited as Colts

Determined to go out on top, old friends Andre Johnson and Frank Gore hatched a plan that culminated with both players signing in Indianapolis.

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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.

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What you need to know for Week 5 (1:06)
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1dMatt Bowen and Louis Riddick

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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5hMel Kiper

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.

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1dKeith Goldner and Nik Bonaddio

numberFire: Best Week 5 Eliminator picks

Need to know the best selections for your Eliminator pool for Week 5? NumberFire is here to help, projecting the safest plays for helping you survive and advance.

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Power Rankings: Rewarded for big wins?

The Rams made major headway after winning in Arizona. The Ravens and Giants also rose in the wake of road victories, but not as much as you might have guessed.


Packers Defense not a weakness anymore

You know their offense is great, but this year, the Packers D is tied for second in the NFL with 17 sacks, and they rank fourth with an adjusted sack rate of 10 percent. Aaron Schatz: Complete team (Insider)

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Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The Seahawks revised their initial injury report to show RB Marshawn Lynch as a limited participant. He was originally listed as a non-participant. Sounds like some progress is being made.

Colts (2-2) at Texans (1-3)

Andrew Luck (shoulder) will miss his second straight game, and the Colts will turn to Matt Hasselbeck as they put their streak of 15 straight division road wins on the line. Houston will also point to its backup QB in Ryan Mallett, who was named the starter this week. The team with the best quarterback play wins? Follow live

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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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Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Andre Johnson returns.

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


Cutler still not 100%, says he'll 'make do'

Bears QB Jay Culter said: "I feel better, I do. … But it is what it is, and we have a lot of guys banged up out here. I'll just make do." Cutler missed two weeks with a hamstring injury before returning in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

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Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

The JJ Watt game of catch in progress.

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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Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans inactives: WR Cecil Shorts, WR Nate Washington, LB Akeem Dent, S Quintin Demps, G Greg Mancz, RB Jonathan Grimes and LB Kourtnei Brown

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck will start for the second straight week Colts inactives: QB Andrew Luck, RB Tyler Varga, LB Jerrell Freeman, G Lance Louis, DL T.Y. McGill, OT Denzell Good, LB Bjoern Werner

Hasselbeck needs balance against Texans

ESPN’s Ron Jaworski joins NFL Live, explaining that Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck will have a chance against Houston if the Indy offense can find a better balance.


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) once again did not practice Thursday. Pete Carroll made it sound like he could be a gametime decision. The Seahawks don't have a rushing touchdown on the season, and the Bengals are the only team that hasn't allowed one.

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets star Dwight Howard here pregame for the Texans vs Colts.

Arian Foster will help Ryan Mallett

ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reports that Texans QB Ryan Mallett has been practicing short passes all week and will be relying on RB Arian Foster in the matchup against the Colts.


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints CB Keenan Lewis said the Saints put a bullseye on their buses when they drive into games at Philadelphia for the eggs that fans throw at them. "I'll be kind of excited. I like to sit by the bullseye and see who's got the best aim out there," Lewis said. "They kinda missed last time (in the 2013-14 playoffs). So hopefully they worked on their aim during their training camp as well."

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts WR Andre Johnson is back in Houston for the first time to face his former team