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Here's a look at the Browns' top five team MVP candidates through 10 games.
1. RB Peyton Hillis — Hillis made his biggest impact as a receiver in the Week 11 loss at Jacksonville, catching six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has caught 40 passes for 351 yards and two TDs and has rushed for 774 yards and eight TDs on 173 carries.
2. OLB Scott Fujita — Fujita (knee) missed Week 11, and his status for the Week 12 game vs. Carolina is in question. He's made a varied and consistent impact on defense, notching 51 tackles, 3½ sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.
3. QB Colt McCoy — The rookie quarterback from Texas completed 17-of-28 passes for 241 yards with one TD and one interception in the loss to Jacksonville. McCoy was sacked six times as Cleveland struggled in pass protection, but he also may have held on to the ball a little long in a few instances. He suffered an ankle injury in the loss, and it's unclear whether he'll be able to play vs. the Panthers. On the season, he's completed 81-of-127 passes for 975 yards with three TDs and three interceptions.
4. S T.J. Ward — Ward intercepted the first two passes of his NFL career against the Jaguars and added five tackles, giving him a team-best 80 on the season. However, he missed a tackle early in Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew's 75-yard reception, a catch that set up the eventual game-winning TD.
5. NT Ahtyba Rubin — Rubin continues to make an impression with his production. He notched five tackles and his second sack in three games vs. Jacksonville. He now has 51 tackles and two sacks in 10 starts this season. The third-year player from Iowa State has a bright future.
Honorable mention: WR-RS Joshua Cribbs, C Alex Mack, OLB Matt Roth, OLT Joe Thomas, TE Benjamin Watson.