Jordan Cameron Ruled out for 3rd Straight Game
By Joe Zevchek
Overshadowed by the news of DT Phil Taylor being put on IR, TE Jordan Cameron was also ruled out for the Cleveland Browns’ game against the Houston Texans this Sunday. Cameron suffered the concussion on October 26th against the Raiders, and this will mark his 3rd game out of the lineup since.
If it seems like Cameron has been out more than he’s played this year, it’s not quite to that point but not far off. He missed the New Orleans game with a shoulder injury in week 2, and to date he has only 13 catches for 250 yards and 1 touchdown this season. These aren’t exactly the numbers anyone was counting on for Cameron, coming off of a Pro-Bowl season in 2013.
Luckily for the Browns, Cameron’s absence has been more than made up for by backup tight ends Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray. While they have combined for only 16 catches for 134 yards in games Cameron has missed, their clutch catches at key points have helped fuel the Browns’ overall continued success. Also considering that Sunday’s forecast should favor the running game, their blocking ability compared to Cameron’s should allow his absence to continue to be made up for.
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At this point it’s fair to question Cameron’s future in Cleveland. He was expected to continue on last season’s success and parlay it into a big payday. Instead, he has now suffered 3 concussions in the past 2 years and may begin considering his own playing career. Barnidge and Dray are very nice pieces who have performed admirably, but if the Browns value a big, basketball-style TE they may see what options there are in the draft.
Do you think Jordan Cameron’s future with the Browns is doubtful?