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Tuesday NFL preview: Injury updates on Bridgewater, Ware, McCoy

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

AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills: The Bills know they'll have IK Enemkpali for Thursday's game against the Jets -- head coach Rex Ryan confirmed Monday that Enemkpali will be a captain against his former team -- but what about LeSean McCoy? The Bills' running back didn't finish Sunday's win over the Dolphis because of a shoulder injury and was listed as not having participated in Monday's walkthrough. Ryan said that he'll have to "see how the week goes" before determining the star running back's status for the Jets game. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins take a much-needed day off to re-examine things after another blowout loss to the Bills. The biggest concern is how to fix the run defense, which allowed a pair of 100-yard rushers Sunday. They face Eagles Pro Bowl tailback DeMarco Murray this week. The linebacker play and defensive ends setting the edge must improve. -- James Walker

New England Patriots: Players are off Tuesday and one of the key areas to watch will be how the Patriots proceed at running back with Dion Lewis' season-ending torn ACL (left knee). They have 2014 fourth-round pick James White and four-year veteran Brandon Bolden as the top options to replace Lewis, and they might consider re-signing Travaris Cadet, who was with them throughout the offseason and through the third week of the regular season before he was released Sept. 29. -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets: Tuesday will be the Jets' only full practice before facing the Bills on Thursday night. They will be keeping a close eye on two injuries in practice: cornerback Antonio Cromartie (thigh bruise) and center Nick Mangold (neck). Both players are iffy for the game. They also expect to have a new kicker in place. -- Rich Cimini

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens won't make an announcement on the future of tight end Dennis Pitta until Wednesday, when they must decide whether to activate him or keep him on the PUP list. Pitta, who has had hip surgeries each of the previous two years, has been tough to cover in practices, according to head coach John Harbaugh. "Don't construe that as saying he's ready to go, because it's not about that," Harbaugh said. "The doctors are going to take a hard look at that and help him decide if it's safe. It's going to be based on how the hip is responding to practices. Dennis is going to play if he can." -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals: Can the Bengals run the table? That's the question some are beginning to ask in Cincinnati as the Bengals pass the year's halfway point. Sure, 16-0 sounds nice, but players admit that before they can even entertain thoughts about what the end of the year could look like, they have to make it through the next hurdle on their schedule: the Texans. Said veteran Andrew Whitworth of his 8-0 Bengals: "What we can look at is going 9-0. That's the only thing we can focus on." The Bengals formally begin prep for the Texans on Tuesday when they practice for the first time this week. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns: Coach Mike Pettine should announce the team's starting quarterback on Tuesday. Pettine had the option of Johnny Manziel or Josh McCown after the second game of the season and went back to McCown. Many in the fan base feel it's time to see what Manziel can do, but Pettine said the decision will be based on who gives the team the best chance to beat Pittsburgh. If that's the criteria, McCown will start against the Steelers. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers: Good news for DeAngelo Williams fantasy owners: Williams is earning trust in the passing game, too. The Steelers knew he could run the ball proficiently. But Mike Tomlin says Williams, after his two-catch, 55-yard performance, is showing versatility in the offense. With Landry Jones set to make his second career start, the offense will rely on Williams on screen passes to keep safeties honest and open things up for Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant on the outside. The game plan will likely be conservative in spots, which means a heavy dose of carries for Williams. The Steelers know the Browns are the league's worst rushing defense at 147.6 yards allowed per game. Heck, Williams had 100-plus-yard games on top-10 rushing defenses such as New England and Oakland. -- Jeremy Fowler

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans: The Texans' pass defense has done well against talented receivers this season, but they'll face one of their toughest tasks in their next game. Chiefs receiver Jeremy Maclin had only 52 yards receiving. Mike Evans caught only seven of his 17 targets and is the only player to have had a 100-yard game against Houston this season. Evans' Buccaneers lost to the Texans. Falcons' receiver Julio Jones caught only four passes for 38 yards. Next week the Texans will face the Bengals' A.J. Green, and they'll likely do it without starting cornerback Kareem Jackson. Jackson missed Monday's practice and Texans coach Bill O'Brien said he isn't anticipating Jackson will be available Monday night. -- Tania Ganguli

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts met as a team Monday before coach Chuck Pagano gave his players the rest of the week off for their bye. The Colts, who ended their three-game losing streak with a victory over Denver on Sunday, will report back to the team's facility on the morning of Nov. 15 to start preparing for their Nov. 21 game at Atlanta. "The bye is that much better when you go into it with a victory," tight end Dwayne Allen said. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars may be in trouble at wide receiver this week. Rashad Greene (thumb) can't play until Nov. 19. Marqise Lee (hamstring) will increase his practice workload on Wednesday but is likely another week away from playing. Allen Hurns (sprained foot) was in a boot on Monday and his status for Sunday is uncertain. The Jaguars may have to use a practice squad guy or two if Hurns' foot doesn't improve. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans: Even after quarterback Drew Brees had a strong day against them, the Titans rank fourth in the NFL in pass defense. Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring) has the best chance to return of Tennessee's three injured corners, which would still leave them without their starters. Jason McCourty (groin) is getting a further opinion and Perrish Cox (hamstring) is unable to open it up and really run. The next opponent, Carolina, relies more on success running it than throwing it and the Titans just held the Saints to 2.3 yards a carry. -- Paul Kuharsky

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos: Even with the potential of a one-game suspension for cornerback Aqib Talib, the most significant concern the Broncos have right now is DeMarcus Ware's back. Ware, who leads the team with 6.5 sacks, re-aggravated a back injury in the first half of Sunday's loss in Indianapolis and could potentially miss some time. Ware missed two weeks of practice earlier this season with coach Gary Kubiak called a similar injury. Kubiak said Ware would be watched closely this week, but if he missed two games it would be against the Chiefs and Bears before a Nov. 29 showdown with the Patriots. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs: Starting defensive end Mike DeVito returned to practice on Monday for the first time since he suffered a concussion in a mid-October game against the Vikings. If DeVito can play on Sunday against the Broncos, the Chiefs will have a nice pool of defensive linemen from which to choose. The list also includes Dontari Poe, Allen Bailey and Jaye Howard. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders need more from standout pass-rusher Khalil Mack on Sunday against Minnesota. Mack did not register a tackle or an assisted tackle on the official stat sheet in a 38-35 loss to Pittsburgh. He was probable before the game with a hamstring injury. Mack is a great player and will learn from being shut out. And the Raiders need him to, quickly. -- Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers: With his team riding a five-game losing streak heading into the bye week, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers plans to get away from the game. "I'm not going to touch a football," Rivers said. "When you lose five in a row it's pretty sickening. When it's like this you kind of want to dig a hole and hid for a little while." -- Eric Williams

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys: Darren McFadden has 76 carries in his last three games, the most he has had in a three-game span in his career. The Cowboys are not shying away from McFadden even with his injury history. He was the only running back to have a carry in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia. Christine Michael was active but did not play a snap. Rod Smith was in on eight plays. McFadden has 333 yards in his past three games after putting up 129 in his first five games. He has become more comfortable with the scheme and is running with more conviction than he was earlier in the season. With how he is playing, the Cowboys are prepared to ride him the way they did DeMarco Murray last year. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants: The Giants will have a decision to make in the coming days about left tackle Will Beatty, who has been out since tearing a pectoral muscle in the weight room in May. It has long been assumed that Beatty was working his way back to the active roster, but Giants coach Tom Coughlin left open the possibility Monday that such might not be the case. The Giants face a Thursday deadline to either activate Beatty from the PUP list or place him on season-ending injured reserve. The latter would be a tough blow for a player who has attended every practice since the offseason and has spent months working on the side with trainers and on his own to recover. -- Dan Graziano

Philadelphia Eagles: Chip Kelly said the Eagles had their best practice week since he has been coach as they prepared for the Cowboys. As big as that win was, Kelly said, it won't mean anything if the team doesn't follow it up with a similar performance Sunday against Miami. That all starts with the practice week, which begins Tuesday. It will be the first glimpse of how Nelson Agholor (ankle), Jason Peters (back) and Riley Cooper (foot) are shaping up. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins: Redskins coach Jay Gruden said they hope to have nose tackle Terrance Knighton back Wednesday. Knighton said Monday he's feeling better after missing Sunday's game because of cluster headaches. The fear was that he'd have an episode in the hotel room so staying back was precautionary. Knighton has dealt with these headaches since he was 14 years old. -- John Keim

NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears: Adam Gase elevated Peyton Manning to record heights as the Broncos' offensive coordinator. Can he do the same with Jay Cutler in Chicago? Monday night's performance by Cutler is the latest evidence that the Bears quarterback is making progress under Gase. Cutler led Chicago to a game-winning drive, making a variety of throws and avoiding the big turnover that has plagued his career, and he bounced back from a first-half pick-six. -- ESPN.com staff

Detroit Lions: Embattled coach Jim Caldwell said he has already had in-depth conversations with interim general manager Sheldon White about the team's roster and the roles of various people. Caldwell said Monday the two of them ran through the "gamut" of things since White was elevated to the job Thursday following the firing of Martin Mayhew. White has yet to speak with the media following the promotion, but he is expected to this week. One interesting thing to watch is which players are brought in for workouts under White as the first Tuesday workout session comes. Also, team owner Martha Ford met with the Lions players Monday to explain her decision and expectations. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers: Here's how the Packers are spinning their back-to-back losses that followed their 6-0 start. "If I had my preference, I would want to be playing my best football later this season, not at this particular moment." linebacker Julius Peppers said. "You always want to play well, so obviously we're disappointed we're not playing our best football right now but we're looking forward to playing much better at a later date." At least the Packers have history on their side in that regard. In their Super Bowl season of 2010, they were 8-6 with two games remaining. "You want to get hot at the right time," receiver James Jones said. "But at the same time, it don't make losing these last two games all right." -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater passed the first step in the NFL's concussion protocol on Monday, and he could be cleared to participate in practice by the time the Vikings begin preparations for the Raiders on Wednesday. Coach Mike Zimmer said he thinks Bridgewater will be "good to go" after getting hit in the head by Lamarcus Joyner in the fourth quarter on Sunday, and two league sources said Bridgewater was feeling good enough after the game to go out to dinner with friends and family on Sunday night. -- Ben Goessling

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons: In recapping Sunday's 17-16 loss at San Francisco, Falcons coach Dan Quinn requested players on the team to reflect on the first nine games during this bye week and ask themselves if they're happy with their play right now. Obviously, none of the Falcons should be too satisfied after losing three of the past four games, including two in a row to sub .500 teams (Buccaneers, 49ers). After the week off, the Falcons will have back-to-back home games against the 4-5 Indianapolis Colts and the 6-2 Minnesota Vikings. It would be hard to imagine the Falcons dropping three in a row after a 5-0 start, but the offense has to get flowing, speed up the tempo and take some chances down the field in order to get clicking again. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers: There was no "Victory Monday'' day off for Carolina players despite running their record to 8-0 with a victory over Green Bay. That means you'll probably see fewer players around the stadium on Tuesday unless they are in for treatment. But you can bet they'll be studying film at home. One of the characteristics of this team is it has continued to put in the extra work to get better. None seemed to mind the extra work on Monday, either, understanding they still haven't played a complete game. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints: The 61-yard TD pass the Saints allowed on Sunday was a fluke play, when the ball bounced off the hands of two defensive backs who collided with one another. But it was part of a continuing problem. New Orleans has allowed a NFL-high 11 passing plays of 40-plus yards this year, with a NFL-high six touchdowns. Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro pointed to the big plays and the penalties as the recurring problems that must get fixed on the back end. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy opened up Monday about his frustration with his recent play. He has four tackles and no sacks in his past three games, and he said he needs to produce as a team leader: "I understand that me being a franchise player, I have to do more. I understand that. And that's where a lot of my frustration comes." He's second on the team with 4.5 sacks. -- Andrew Astleford

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals: The last time Carson Palmer played in Seattle, the Cardinals knocked off the Seahawks. But they did it in an unexpected fashion with four turnovers to Seattle's two. Not much about that win was typical. The Cards scored 17 points and gained just 307 yards to Seattle's 10 and 192. -- Josh Weinfuss

St. Louis Rams: The Rams signed veteran receiver Wes Welker on Monday to replace Stedman Bailey, who has been suspended for the next four games. They'll begin the process of getting Welker acclimated Tuesday, and the sooner it happens the better. The Rams are on a pace to set a league record for futility when it comes to converting on third downs and they're hoping that Welker can help solve that issue. -- Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers: The Niners are going with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback for a second consecutive game, the team announced on its website late Monday afternoon after coach Jim Tomsula said earlier in the day he was not going to make the announcement until after he had staff meetings and talked with both players. The decision makes sense in that the offense showed a spark under Gabbert, who ended a personal 10-game losing streak as a starting QB and stopped the Niners' nine-quarter TD-less streak. Plus, the Seattle Seahawks have owned Colin Kaepernick, so why subject him to such an intense environment for a comeback game when Gabbert looked so comfortable at quarterback this weekend? Now, he has two weeks -- the Niners are on their bye week -- to prepare for the Seahawks. -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks: Limiting big plays downfield will be key for the Seahawks' defense Sunday against the Cardinals. Carson Palmer & Co. have produced 37 pass plays of 20-plus yards, third-most in the NFL. The Seahawks have allowed 25 pass plays of 20-plus yards, which is ninth-fewest. And 11 of those came in the first two weeks without Kam Chancellor. Whichever team wins the battle downfield will likely win the game. -- Sheil Kapadia