Wednesday camp preview: Texans begin search for Foster's replacement and more

With Arian Foster sidelined for the foreseeable future, focus shifts to the Texans' young crop of RBs. Thomas J. Russo/USA TODAY Sports

NFL Nation reporters look ahead to Wednesday practices at their team's training camp.


Buffalo Bills: The Bills will return from an off day and begin a four-day stretch of practices beginning Wednesday and culminating in an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday. Rex Ryan says the "cream will rise to the top" in that scrimmage, but so far none of the quarterbacks -- Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor -- has separated from the pack. That could soon change. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins enter Day 6 of training camp with a thinning group at wide receiver. DeVante Parker (foot), Kenny Stills (calf) and LaRon Byrd (unspecified) are all injured and missing practice time. That has provided opportunities for receivers like Rishard Matthews to get more reps. -- James Walker

New England Patriots: With No. 1 receiver Julian Edelman not practicing Tuesday after appearing to come up gimpy two days prior, No. 2 receiver Brandon LaFell receiver remaining on the PUP list, and No. 4/5 receiver Brian Tyms carted off the field Tuesday, we'll keep a closer eye on whether any of the reserves such as Josh Boyce, Brandon Gibson, Jonathan Krause, Zach D'Orazio and Chris Harper to see if they rise up with potential expanded opportunities. -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets: How 'bout an interception for the Jets' new and improved secondary? Going into Wednesday, the Darrelle Revis-led unit has yet to pick off Geno Smith or Ryan Fitzpatrick. There have been a number of drops; time for extra work on the JUGS machine. -- Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens return from their first day off in training camp, and all eyes are on the health of the secondary. Three backup cornerbacks (Rashaan Melvin, Tray Walker and Chris Greenwood) are nursing injuries, and safety Matt Elam is done for the year with torn a biceps. Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens aren't looking to add another safety. "We think we have a lot of depth there," he said. Anthony Levine and Brynden Trawick are now battling for the top backup spot at safety. -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals: After five straight days of practice, rest will be coming for the Bengals on Wednesday. For some, the day off comes at a good time. Hamstring tweaks and joint soreness has already set in for players like Wallace Gilberry and Cedric Peerman as the team starts getting back into football shape. Dre Kirkpatrick didn't look like he needed much rest after a solid day Tuesday, during which he broke up a goal-line pass to Denarius Moore. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns: As the Browns return for another workout from 9:30 a.m. to noon, the emphasis will be on who's not on the field as much as who is. Terrelle Pryor felt tightness in his right hamstring on Tuesday. Pryor knows he needs all the time he can get, so if the hamstring forces much missed time -- he said he does not believe it will -- it could impact his growth as a receiver. The Browns scrimmage at Ohio State on Friday, and Pryor admits he is looking forward to being back in The Shoe. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers: With Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton missing camp time, the Steelers want to see whether young reserve receivers can take ownership of a spot on the 53-man roster. Darrius Heyward-Bey is having a nice camp, but that's expected of a veteran. Watch for third-round pick Sammie Coates, C.J. Goodwin and drafted slot receiver Eli Rogers (if healthy, he had a minor injury Monday) to compete hard in the three practices before preseason games kick off. -- Jeremy Fowler


Houston Texans: The loss of Arian Foster for some time will call into focus the rest of the very young Texans backfield -- Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes are entering their fourth NFL seasons, Alfred Blue his second and Kenny Hilliard his first. After Wednesday morning's practice, the Texans will travel to Richmond, Virginia, to practice against Washington on Thursday. -- Tania Ganguli

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts will be in full pads for the first time during their practice Wednesday night. The increased physicality will be the first real indicator of how the offensive and defensive lines -- both question marks for the team -- are progressing. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars return to the field Wednesday morning and will practice in full pads for the first time in camp. Practice won't feature any Oklahoma drills, but there is expected to be some pretty intense one-on-one battles, especially along the offensive and defensive lines. The Jaguars did a lot of 9-on-7 work in the run game on Sunday and that's expected to continue. This will be the first time we'll be able to see rookie running back T.J. Yeldon in a full-contact situation and find out if he's able to navigate the middle of the field in the NFL as well as he did at Alabama. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans: The Titans have been working Blidi Wreh-Wilson inside as their primary nickelback, which doesn't seem like a natural fit for him. We'll see if the Titans shift things around in the secondary after a day off. Perrish Cox is fully capable of kicking inside to cover the slot. Incumbent nickel Coty Sensabaugh's been relegated to the second team so far. -- Paul Kuharsky


Denver Broncos: The Broncos players will get their first off day of training camp Wednesday, but one of the items waiting for them on their return will some additional red-zone work. The Broncos went through some new things Wednesday and coach Gary Kubiak said there were "a lot of mistakes. We have a lot of things as coaches that we have to go back and fix." -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs: Camp is getting away from two young players the Chiefs hoped would be offensive contributors, tight end Demetrius Harris and rookie wide receiver Chris Conley. Harris (foot) hasn't practiced at all and Conley (knee) hasn't worked since the first day of rookie camp. Their chances of being factors early on diminish with each passing day they aren't on the field. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders are digging in after an off day Tuesday. Oakland is starting a five-day stretch of practice with an evening workout Wednesday. The stretch will be its longest of training camp without a day off. -- Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers: While it's early in training camp, San Diego's three projected starters along the interior offensive line -- left guard Orlando Franklin, center Chris Watt and right guard Johnnie Troutman -- missed practice on Monday. With a scheduled off day for Tuesday, coach Mike McCoy likely carved out two days of rest for his beefy linemen. Still, San Diego had injury issues up front last season, and even with improved depth up front, the Chargers need their frontline players to stay healthy. -- Eric D. Williams


Dallas Cowboys: Tyler Patmon worked his way into national conversation with his tussle with Dez Bryant in practice on Sunday, but his work early in practice could put the Cowboys in a position to have surplus of corners and affect how they configure their 53-man roster. Like every team, the Cowboys know you can never have enough corners to match up against the pass-happy offenses of today's NFL. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants: The Giants return from their first day off, and it's expected they'll practice in full pads for the first time this camp. That means a whole new level of test for Victor Cruz, the wideout who's trying to return from a torn patellar tendon, and for Ereck Flowers, the rookie who's being thrust into the starting left tackle role. Flowers missed Monday's practice with a hip flexor injury; the Giants hope he can get some full-pads action so they can evaluate his progress. -- Dan Graziano

Philadelphia Eagles: After their first day of practice in pads, the Philadelphia Eagles will have Wednesday off. That is three days of practice so far, and then one day off. The Eagles will get back to work at the NovaCare complex on Thursday afternoon. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins: The Redskins resume practice after a day off Tuesday and might have a new person on the field: linebacker Junior Galette. It's doubtful he'd do much of anything and likely just get some work on the side. The Redskins are hopeful that he should be able to practice "really soon," according to one team official. Galette injured a pectoral muscle in June and has not done anything since signing with Washington on Friday. -- John Keim


Chicago Bears: As the Bears return to Olivet Nazarene University following a day off, the focus is on injured wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) and Kevin White (shin). Jeffery's sprained AC shoulder joint injury is not believed to be serious, but head coach John Fox has been vague on White's long-term prognosis. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions: The Lions take their training camp on the road Wednesday -- sort of. The team will practice Wednesday night at Novi (Mich.) High School at 7:30 p.m. More importantly, Detroit will be in pads for the first time Wednesday night, so the team can start to sort out its run game and line situations on offense and defense. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers: There's no practice on Wednesday, but with assistant coaches and coordinators available to the media for the first time, it will be a good chance to get an update on all eight of the Packers draft picks. The next practice is Thursday morning. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings: After an evening practice on Tuesday, players will get their second day off of training camp on Wednesday. Head coach Mike Zimmer, who is in Florida with his ailing father, Bill, could rejoin the team for its practice on Thursday morning. -- Ben Goessling


Atlanta Falcons: Having Tuesday off might help the Atlanta Falcons knock some of the rust off following a sluggish Monday practice. Coach Dan Quinn admitted play was a little sloppy to start the week, which is expected while players adjust to new offensive and defensive schemes. Come Wednesday, the banged up offensive line needs to somehow find its footing after the defensive front dominated the last time out. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers: The Panthers return to practice after a day off knowing that one starting defensive tackle, Star Lotulelei, will be out at least three weeks while nursing a stress reaction on his surgically repaired right foot. The other starting tackle, Kawann Short, had missed the first four practices with back spasms and was to be re-evaluated Tuesday. Whether Short returns and how the Panthers adjust their rotation at tackle will be a subject of focus. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints: We haven't seen much sizzle in camp from the Saints' two most dynamic playmakers, Brandin Cooks and C.J. Spiller. But that should change in the next few days as the Saints begin installing more nickel, red-zone and two-minute offense packages leading up to Friday's scrimmage. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs get their first day off from camp Wednesday. When they return to practice Thursday, rookie left tackle Donovan Smith will be a player to watch. Smith had been working behind Kevin Pamphile for the first couple of practices, but got some first-team work Tuesday. He should continue to work with the starters. -- Pat Yasinskas


Arizona Cardinals: Starting quarterback Carson Palmer returns to the field after a scheduled day off, while backup Drew Stanton takes his day of rest for the Cardinals. Arizona will look to get through a training camp practice without more injuries debilitating their roster. -- Josh Weinfuss

St. Louis Rams: The Rams have an off day Wednesday after their first full-team, full-pads practice Tuesday. Defensive end Chris Long and safety Mark Barron returned from injuries Tuesday, but the Rams will spend some of their day off awaiting word on cornerback E.J. Gaines. He suffered a foot injury Sunday night and is scheduled to visit soon with Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte. -- Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers: Despite all signs that he would be a full go for the Niners' first padded practice, NaVorro Bowman was given a "vet's day off" on Tuesday. No word yet on if the 49ers will hit again Wednesday, but you have to wonder whether Bowman, who missed last season rehabbing a knee injury, will practice. -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks went through the first few practices without working red-zone plays. Tight end Jimmy Graham has been the star of training camp. Fans might get their first glimpse of Graham in the red zone Wednesday. -- John Clayton