After reporting concussion-like symptoms on Monday, Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron has not been at practice this week after entering the NFL’s concussion protocol. His status has been doubtful with a heavy lean on out against the New York Jets since the news came out on Monday. The larger question for Cameron and the Browns is if they will go ahead and shut down Cameron with only one game let after this week.
Cameron has had a breakout season for the Browns, leading the team in receptions with 75. He also has accumulated 848 yards, 240 after the catch, and 7 touchdowns this season. After a three touchdown performance against the Minnesota Vikings, defenses have put a significant emphasis on stopping him, but he has continued to be productive this year. Should his season end, it would be the second year in a row where a concussion or concussion-like symptoms have caused it as he missed the final two games of last year for the same reason.
Josh Gordon has been an absolute stud, but the Browns offense will certainly miss Cameron this week against the Jets and make it far easier to scheme against as Rex Ryan can spend a lot of resources on stopping Gordon while not having a talent like Cameron to leave open in the process. That would really allow Ryan to flex his proverbial defensive muscles and work to try to shut down Gordon. If that happens, the Browns will have to find other ways to make plays and move the ball down the field.