Wednesday NFL preview: Ravens move on without Terrell Suggs

Suggs out for the season (1:16)

Herm Edwards and Tom Jackson react to the Ravens' loss of Terrell Suggs for the remainder of the season with an Achillies tear. (1:16)

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


Buffalo Bills: The Bills continued to stir the pot in advance of Sunday's game against their AFC East rival Patriots. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus said Tuesday that "don't nobody likes the Patriots," while safety Aaron Williams added that he disliked the team because of "the way they carry themselves on the field and stuff." The wheel should continue to spin Wednesday when Rex Ryan again takes the podium. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins begin their preparations for Week 2 against the Jaguars. Last year Miami did a good job of rattling then-rookie quarterback Blake Bortles to take a victory over Jacksonville. It will be important for Ndamukong Suh and Miami's defensive line to get pressure on Bortles with four rushers. -- James Walker

New England Patriots: After practicing Monday and taking Tuesday off, the Patriots return to the practice field Wednesday. One area to watch: Is veteran center/guard Ryan Wendell a full or limited participant in practice? Wendell didn't play in the NFL opener, and the Patriots could use him against an impressive Bills interior D-line. If he's not ready, the Patriots will once again have three rookies as part of a four-man mix on the interior OL. -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets: With a Monday night game, the Jets have an extra day to prepare for the Colts. One area that needs work: containing the quarterback in the pocket. There were hiccups last week, and they'll face another mobile quarterback in Andrew Luck. -- Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens worked out free-agent pass-rushers Jason Babin and Shaun Phillips two days after Terrell Suggs suffered a season-ending Achilles injury, eventually signing Babin on Tuesday night. The loss of Suggs is monumental for the Ravens in terms of what he represents for this franchise. When the Ravens play Sunday at Oakland, it will mark the first time since Oct. 11, 1998, that Baltimore will play without either Ray Lewis, Ed Reed or Suggs on its defense. -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals: Cincinnati's prep work for Sunday's home opener against San Diego begins in earnest Wednesday, when the Bengals hold their first practice of the week. Keep an eye on the Bengals' injury report by the end of the day. It will be interesting to see in what capacity safety George Iloka participates in the workout. The fourth-year player hurt an ankle in Sunday's win over the Raiders. It appears he may be OK to play against the Chargers, but Wednesday will be an important day to see if that happens. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns: Look for Johnny Manziel to get first team reps in practice Wednesday. If Josh McCown is cleared on the concussion protocol, it probably won't be until later in the week. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers feel they are too good on offense to leave points on the board like they did last week against New England, scoring one touchdown on their first six drives despite averaging nearly 60 yards on those drives. This week, in prep for San Francisco, Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, DeAngelo Williams & Co. are eyeing efficiency from the 20. No field goals allowed. Per orders from head coach Mike Tomlin, "finish and finish with seven." Expect Williams to get more goal-line touches, too. -- Jeremy Fowler


Houston Texans: The Texans gave the ball up twice and didn't take it away in Week 1, a step back from last year. In 2014, the Texans forced at least one turnover in 15 games and led the NFL with 34 takeaways. They gave the ball away 22 times for a turnover margin of plus-12, tied for second best in the league. -- Tania Ganguli

Indianapolis Colts: Quarterback Andrew Luck's problems completing passes goes beyond just Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills. Counting last season's AFC Championship Game loss, Luck is 34-of-82 for 369 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions in the past eight quarters. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars: WR Marqise Lee and DT Sen'Derrick Marks are scheduled to practice Wednesday on a limited basis. Marks won't be cleared to play for another week or two, but Lee could make his 2015 debut Sunday if his hamstring holds up to three days of practice. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans: Dick LeBeau upped his record against rookie quarterbacks to 27-3 in Sunday's blowout of he Buccaneers. Johnny Manziel isn't a rookie, but he has been prone to panic. And LeBeau and the Titans' defense have to be excited about chances to make Manziel do just that in Cleveland in Week 2. -- Paul Kuharsky


Denver Broncos: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (ankle/toe) was a limited participant in Tuesday night's practice but is expected to play Thursday against the Chiefs. And while he is the unquestioned No. 1 back at the moment, do not be surprised if the Broncos go with a "hot hand" approach on occasion and give Ronnie Hillman a cluster of carries. The Broncos liked what they saw from Hillman on the 17-play, 81-yard field goal drive to close out the win over the Ravens. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs: One thing the Chiefs need Thursday night against the Broncos is a fast start. They've scored first just twice during their six-game losing streak against Denver. Getting the lead would allow the Chiefs to play the game on their terms. An early 14-0 lead was a big factor in last week's win over Houston. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders: It was interesting that Roy Helu was a healthy scratch in Week 1. Helu battled a hamstring injury most of training camp, but he was practicing for a few weeks before the regular season. He was signed as a free agent to be Oakland's third-down back. Yet, Oakland went away from Helu. Taiwan Jones, Jamize Olawale and Marcel Reece got backup work Sunday. If Helu can't work his way to the active roster, his signing could soon be seen as a waste, but I don't think we're at that point yet. -- Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers: With D.J. Fluker out 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain, a focus Wednesday for the Chargers will be finding a short-term replacement at right guard. Chris Hairston played well in spot duty after Fluker was hurt against the Lions. The Chargers also could have starting center Chris Watt -- who split time at right guard with Johnnie Troutman last season -- slide over and start Trevor Robinson at center against his former team, the Bengals. -- Eric D. Williams


Dallas Cowboys: Whenever a team gets ready for Chip Kelly's offense, pace of play is an issue. To get the Cowboys used to the tempo, they alternate two scout-team offenses to make sure the defense lines up quickly. One issue this week will be defensive line depth with Randy Gregory out with a high ankle sprain. The Cowboys dressed only seven defensive linemen versus New York but could use more on their 46-man roster Sunday. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants: There's a lot of messy stuff swirling around the Giants right now, with Jason Pierre-Paul's uncertainty still hovering and the fallout from Sunday's sloppy ending likely still to be dealt with when the cameras and notebooks return to the locker room. For Tom Coughlin, these next few days will be about making sure his players' minds are right and they're moving on from Sunday's disappointment and focused on Week 2's game against the Falcons. This is a strength of Coughlin's. -- Dan Graziano

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles spent the whole offseason fixing their secondary and reimagining their running game. Now they have three days to fix their secondary and get their running game going after Monday's 26-24 loss to Atlanta. The Eagles play the Dallas Cowboys, the NFC East team they are chasing, this Sunday in their home opener. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins: After facing Miami's Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake in the opener, the Redskins' line faces St. Louis' Aaron Donald and Robert Quinn in Week 2. The Redskins want to take more shots, but that will be tough considering the young right side of the line combined with having no DeSean Jackson. It means slower developing routes, which would mean more sack chances for Donald and Quinn. The Redskins helped themselves versus Miami with quick passes, but they also managed only 10 points. The trick is finding more points by taking more shots while still keeping quarterback Kirk Cousins upright. -- John Keim


Chicago Bears: Week 2 is special for Antrel Rolle. The veteran safety spent five years in Arizona -- Chicago's opponent Sunday at Soldier Field -- where he helped the Cardinals reach the Super Bowl in 2008. A three-time Pro Bowler, Rolle is now charged with stabilizing the Bears' secondary, a group that had trouble keeping Green Bay out of the end zone in Week 1. But Rolle said he's encouraged by the overall effort and expects better results versus the Cardinals' formidable offense. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio speaks to reporters after Wednesday's practice, as does special teams coach Jeff Rodgers. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions: All eyes will be on Matthew Stafford on Wednesday as the Lions return to practice. Stafford said he would be ready to go against Minnesota on Sunday, but the quarterback did suffer an elbow/triceps injury against the Chargers, so this has to be monitored throughout the week. Also worth paying attention to is whether linebacker DeAndre Levy, cornerback Darius Slay or right guard Larry Warford practice. All four banged-up players are extremely valuable to Detroit. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers: Let the media circus begin. In what will be one of the biggest stories in the NFL this week, the Packers will have to deal with questions about last year's NFC Championship Game collapse in Seattle as they prepare for Sunday's rematch with the Seahawks at Lambeau Field. The Packers will insist this is a new team and a new season, but that won't make the questions go away. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings: Wednesday marks the unofficial start of Lions Week, which means the Vikings will close the book on talking about Monday's debacle against San Francisco. Adrian Peterson had only 10 carries Monday night and didn't get a chance to get comfortable with the new reads he'll have to make in the Vikings' offense. He'll look to fix things this week before facing the league's top run defense from a year ago. -- Ben Goessling


Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons signed veteran offensive tackle Jake Long to a one-year deal coming off last year's second ACL tear in his right knee. Once the team returns to practice Wednesday, it will be interesting to see what type of shape Long is in. He won't play immediately this Sunday against the Giants, but the intent is to get him up to speed quickly to provide quality depth. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers: All eyes will be on middle linebacker Luke Kuechly and how much he does at practice after a concussion in Sunday's 20-9 victory. Don't look for much. The 2013 Defensive Player of the Year will remain involved in the game plan, but he won't be involved in contact until if and when he clears the concussion protocol. A final determination of that by an independent doctor won't happen before Thursday. That means A.J. Klein will take most of Kuechly's contact snaps in practice. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints: The Saints' young newcomers on defense experienced a few growing pains in Week 1, as expected. But cornerbacks Delvin Breaux and Damian Swann and linebackers Hau'oli Kikaha and Stephone Anthony also made some big plays. Coach Sean Payton said he liked the "look in their eyes" and the energy they played with. He said the things that need to get cleaned up are correctable assignment and alignment things, and that the adjustments from Week 1 to Week 2 are typically key for young players. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: One focus this week will be on getting improvement out of the offensive line. Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston was sacked four times and pressured often in the opener. Winston needs better protection if he's going to succeed. -- Pat Yasinskas


Arizona Cardinals: Wednesday will be the Cardinals' first opportunity to see if RB Andre Ellington will be able to practice after suffering a sprained PCL on Sunday. If he can't, Chris Johnson will get the majority of the reps with the first team. -- Josh Weinfuss

St. Louis Rams: Rams coach Jeff Fisher isn't ruling out the possibility of running back Todd Gurley making his debut Sunday against Washington. Gurley, who is finishing up his recovery from a torn ACL, took reps with the first-team offense in a light Tuesday practice. But Wednesday should offer a better indication of his progress as the Rams go through their fully padded practice for the week. Realistically, Gurley might still be another week away, but the Rams should have a better feel for it after their most physical practice of the week. -- Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers: That sigh of relief you heard emanating from Santa Clara was the 49ers exhaling after word came down that Reggie Bush's injured left calf was a strain and not a tear. Still, the oft-injured Bush needs to heal before rushing back and reinjuring himself if he wants to become more than a decoy. -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks' offensive line is a work in progress, but if they can't get the ground game going against the Packers, it may be time to panic. Green Bay allowed 189 rushing yards (5.7 YPC) against the Bears in Week 1. Expect a heavy dose of Marshawn Lynch at Lambeau Field on Sunday night. -- Sheil Kapadia