Tuesday NFL preview: Will Mariota, Roethlisberger, McCown play this weekend?

NFL Nation reporters look ahead to what Tuesday has in store for each team.


Buffalo Bills: After returning from London early Monday morning, Rex Ryan gave the Bills the rest of the week off. They won't have any practices or other scheduled media availability until next Monday, a surprising development for a team that has now lost back-to-back games for the first time since November 2014. They're in last place in the AFC East. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins: Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell made it clear that it's not him versus Bill Belichick this week. It's the Dolphins versus the Patriots. Campbell, who has just two games under his belt, knows it's a tall task to match coaching IQ with arguably the greatest NFL coach ever. Campbell wants it to be a game the players decide. -- James Walker

New England Patriots: All eyes will be on running back Dion Lewis when the Patriots return to the practice field Tuesday. While it should be a light practice given the quick turnaround with Thursday night's road game against Miami ahead, Lewis' status is in question after he missed Sunday's win over the Jets due to his abdomen injury. The injury isn't believed to be a long-range concern, but then again, few thought Lewis would be missing a game as of this time last week. -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets: The Jets are desperately hoping center Nick Mangold (neck) can play Sunday in Oakland. He's the glue to the offensive line, responsible for making line calls -- a job that takes on greater importance in a loud, hostile road environment. In 2011, he missed a game in Oakland, and the Jets were blown out. -- Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens have concerns with the left side of their offensive line. Left tackle Eugene Monroe (shoulder) and left guard Kelechi Osemele (knee) were declared out in the fourth quarter. Tackle James Hurst and guard John Urschel replaced them. -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals: Ahead of Sunday's big AFC North game at Pittsburgh, the Bengals could once again end up at some semblance of full health by week's end. In their first practice after the bye, they were without only one player Monday -- defensive end Wallace Gilberry. If they can use Tuesday to ease some of the soreness he's battling, they could ultimately go through at least one practice this week with their full 53-man roster in place. If that happens, it'll be the second straight game the Bengals have been this healthy. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns: Josh McCown said his focus this week will be to rehab an injured shoulder and get healthy for Sunday's game against Arizona. The Browns clearly seem to want McCown to start Sunday's game against Arizona. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is fourth in the league with 511 rushing yards despite missing two games, which means Bell will see the ball plenty against Cincinnati despite the looming return of Ben Roethlisberger. The Bengals' defense is much improved but allows 4.9 yards per carry, tied for 28th in the league. Bell might see a mismatch up front. -- Jeremy Fowler


Houston Texans: Texans owner Bob McNair stopped by the team's locker room Monday, an unusual step for him. He was not available for interviews. "He's the owner, he's the boss, he's not happy and that's the way it is," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. -- Tania Ganguli

Indianapolis Colts: Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Monday he's not worried about his job status despite his team's 3-4 start to the season. "Not at all," Pagano said. "I'm going to work my tail off." -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars: Entering Monday night's game, quarterback Blake Bortles has thrown the third-most touchdown passes (15) in the league, tied with Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers. Tom Brady and Carson Palmer have each thrown 16. Bortles threw 11 touchdown passes in 14 games as a rookie last year. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans: The Titans will take a look at Marcus Mariota on the field Tuesday to get a sense of how he can move around and what they might expect from him in practice this week. He missed the loss to Atlanta because of a sprained left knee suffered on Oct. 18 against Miami. -- Paul Kuharsky


Denver Broncos: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who left the Broncos' overtime win over the Browns with a shoulder injury, took part in roughly half of the team's practice Monday. The Broncos believe Sanders will be a full participant in practice before the week is out, possibly as soon as Wednesday. That puts him on track to be in the lineup Sunday night, in his usual rotation, against the Green Bay Packers. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs' efficiency when inside their opponents' 20-yard line continues to lag. They have 24 trips to the red zone; only five teams have more. But the Chiefs have just 10 touchdowns, and 16 teams have more. The problems are varied but quarterback Alex Smith deserves some blame. He threw incomplete to covered receivers on two different drives Sunday against Pittsburgh when he had another receiver open in the end zone. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders were penalized 14 times for 136 yards in their 37-29 win at San Diego. This continued an odd trend. Oakland has been penalized at least 10 times in each of its three victories this season. Yet, it is 0-3 when penalized six or fewer times. -- Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers: Tight end Antonio Gates said he has an MCL knee sprain and is hopeful to get out on the practice field this week after missing Sunday's game against the Raiders. Gates said he tested the knee Saturday but didn't feel comfortable enough moving laterally, a key to his success on the field. Gates already missed the first four games of the season due to a suspension and is anxious to get back on the field. In his first two games back, Gates totaled 18 receptions for 187 yards and two touchdowns. -- Eric D. Williams


Dallas Cowboys: Darren McFadden's 152-yard effort against the New York Giants has earned him more work in the Cowboys' running back by committee role, but maybe not the lead role just yet. Joseph Randle suffered an oblique strain after his second carry and did not return, giving McFadden his best opportunity to date. It was the first 100-yard game by McFadden since 2013. Only twice in his career has McFadden had back-to-back games with 20 carries, and he has had none since 2011. McFadden came out of the game OK, according to coach Jason Garrett, but the Cowboys will make sure to monitor him during practice. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants: The Giants had the No. 1 run defense in the NFL through the first four weeks of the season, but after allowing 233 rushing yards to the Cowboys on Sunday, they fell to No. 21. Coach Tom Coughlin gave a litany of reasons for the drop-off during Monday's conference call, but the Giants need to get back to their run-stopping ways if they're going to limit the Saints on Sunday in New Orleans. Saints running back Mark Ingram is ninth in the NFL with 450 rushing yards. -- Dan Graziano

Philadelphia Eagles: Coach Chip Kelly says he isn't planning any major changes during the Eagles' bye week. He is "very pleased" with quarterback Sam Bradford and thinks the wide receivers would stop dropping passes if they would just relax. The team will get a chance to do that as it gets the entire week off. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins: The Redskins' run defense has been a huge problem the past three games, having allowed a combined 597 yards. They've allowed 5.70 yards per carry during this span; only four teams have fared worse. The Redskins' problems are multiple: They're struggling to set the edge, allowing backs to bounce outside at will, and when in the right gap, they're missing one-on-one tackles. Before these past three games, the Redskins had allowed only 3.90 yards per carry. -- John Keim


Chicago Bears: The Bears are under no obligation to discuss injuries until Wednesday, but the sight of Antrel Rolle (ankle) at the open portion of Monday's practice is encouraging. The Bears have missed Rolle's leadership in the secondary ever since he badly sprained his ankle during Week 4's win against the Raiders. There is no timetable for Rolle's return, but he is making progress. The same can be said for inside linebacker Shea McClellin, who is dealing with a knee injury. The Bears need all hands on deck to contain Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson on Sunday at Soldier Field. Peterson is averaging more than 5 yards per carry in his career against the Bears. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions: The Lions are traveling to London overnight from Monday to Tuesday, but not before making some major changes in hopes of shifting their forgettable season. Detroit fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi on Monday before the trip to England and promoted Jim Bob Cooter to OC. It's tough to expect any real changes this week, but it'll give Cooter -- who was a potential candidate for the Chicago OC position this offseason -- a chance to show if he can handle being an NFL coordinator at age 31. But the Lions had to shake up something after a 1-6 start. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers: The Packers' bye week didn't cure all of their injury issues. Although receiver Davante Adams appears to be on the mend from his ankle injury, two other key offensive players could not practice when the Packers returned from their off week. Neither receiver Ty Montgomery nor running back James Starks was on the field. Montgomery dropped out of the last game against the Chargers because of a sprained ankle, but Starks had no previously known injury. In fact, he was the offensive star of the win over the Chargers, rushing for 112 yards and scoring a pair of touchdowns. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings will likely be without defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd for at least a few weeks after Floyd had surgery to remove cartilage from his ankle, and the team's defensive tackle depth could be tested. The Vikings have just three healthy tackles at the moment, and played new acquisition Kenrick Ellis for just five snaps on Sunday. Keeping Linval Joseph and Tom Johnson healthy will be a big priority for the Vikings in the next several weeks, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the team add another defensive tackle to its 53-man roster. -- Ben Goessling


Atlanta Falcons: Falcons coach Dan Quinn said strong safety William Moore, who suffered a groin strain in a win over the Titans, and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, who is dealing with a hamstring strain, won't practice Wednesday. Don't expect to see Moore or Hankerson on the field when the Falcons host the Buccaneers on Sunday. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers: Despite a 6-0 record, the Panthers aren't happy with their third-down efficiency (22 percent against Philadelphia). Carolina understands it needs to keep the chains moving more consistently in the next two weeks when facing high-powered offenses in Indianapolis and Green Bay. Players may have Tuesday off, but coaches are busy devising game plans to help improve that area on offense. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints: Finally, a big contract is paying dividends for the Saints after so many of them failed to pay off last year. Defensive end Cameron Jordan, who signed a five-year, $55 million extension this summer, has been on fire lately with five sacks over the past two games. He has also excelled against the run and batted two passes on Sunday. Pro Football Focus has Jordan graded as the top edge defender in the NFL this year. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cornerback Mike Jenkins said a lack of focus has contributed to the Bucs' secondary allowing quarterbacks to put up huge numbers of late. Sunday, the Redskins' Kirk Cousins threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns. That followed what the Jaguars' Bortles was able to do in Week 5, when he totaled 303 yards and four touchdowns. Next up: a tough test in the Falcons' Matt Ryan next Sunday at the Georgia Dome. Tampa Bay needs to make major corrections in a hurry. -- Andrew Astleford


Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals rebounded from their second loss of the season with a 26-18 win over the Ravens on Monday night. Their running game looked revitalized, but the offense still had some issues closing out drives deep in the red zone. -- Josh Weinfuss

St. Louis Rams: The Rams will be back on the practice field Tuesday, but most St. Louis football fans will be fixated on something happening at an opera house in the city. The NFL will hold its public hearing in St. Louis on Tuesday night, giving 1,500 fans the opportunity to speak openly about the team and relocation to four league executives. -- Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers: If the Seahawks, who entered Thursday night's game tied for 11th in the league in sacks, were able to sack Colin Kaepernick six times, what will the Rams, whose 23 sacks are the second-most in the league, do to the Niners? Kaepernick, who was sacked 52 times last year, is on pace to be sacked 57 times this season. -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks are asking more of Richard Sherman this season. He has played nickel and right cornerback after years of making his living at left cornerback. Sherman shadowed A.J. Green in the second half a couple weeks ago, and he traveled with Torrey Smith on Thursday night. If Dez Bryant returns in Week 8, don't be surprised if coach Pete Carroll has Sherman match up with him all game long in Dallas. -- Sheil Kapadia