Cleveland Browns star tight end Jordan Cameron missed yesterday’s game against the New York Jets with a concussion that he suffered the previous week against the Chicago Bears, and it’s fair to wonder how much Cameron’s absence hurt Jason Campbell and the Browns offense. Campbell was wildly ineffective against a usually suspect Jets defense, and I’m sure he missed Cameron big-time. The Jets D struggles against covering athletic pass-catching tight ends, as they had a difficult time with Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers the previous week, with Olsen corralling five passes for 88 yards in that game.
The Browns will be hoping that Cameron can return next week to face the rival Pittsburgh Steelers and play the role of the spoiler. With a win, the Browns would not only extract revenge on their rivals, but they would also squash every last hope for the Steelers to slip into the playoffs as the AFC’s sixth seed.
However, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram’s Scott Petrak reports that Cameron is still in the concussion protocol, which means that he still hasn’t passed through all of the leagues mandatory concussion tests and is likely still exhibiting symptoms. Star cornerback Joe Haden played through a hip pointer yesterday but left the game after aggravating the injury late in the fourth quarter, and the Browns would honestly be wise to hold both players out this week if their statuses are in doubt.
While it would be nice to beat the Steelers, it’s not worth the cost of potentially hurting Haden or Cameron even more, especially since Haden aggravated his injury and Cameron is dealing with a tricky concussion.