Jordan Cameron OUT Today, Again; Future?
The Cleveland Browns were hopeful that All Pro tight end Jordan Cameron would be back today. He practiced on a limited basis all week but according to this NFL.com report he didn’t pass the final concussion test:
"The tight end was limited in practice all week, prompting optimism that he could return to the lineup. However, he didn’t clear the final hurdle of concussion protocol."
For Cameron, obviously, his health is number one priority but this couldn’t have come at a worse time. Cameron is scheduled to a be a free agent at the end of the season and with all the concussions and missed games has badly hurt his future earnings.
In the same report it questions what the rest of the season could look like for the star tight end:
"At this point it’s fair to wonder whether Cameron will return for the rest of the season."
For example Jermichael Finley, a highly celebrated, athletic tight end, hasn’t played since getting hurt last season. His injury was to the neck, causing him to have to have a spinal surgery, but even though he was reportedly healthy he hasn’t signed with any team.
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Teams are wary of signing players with head and neck injuries because a recurrence seems so likely in a sport like the NFL. This is especially true for tight ends who play over the middle in crowded areas where they can get hit often. Cameron’s inability to make it back on the field for 5 straight games presents evidence that his physiology isn’t in a place where repeated collisions will be tolerable for long.
Yet it is possible that this was just a bad concussion, that he will respond and that he will sign a contract this off-season. Most likely it will be a one year, make good deal with the Browns. If the Browns are unwilling to sign him it will give a ton of pause to any other team.
What do you think the long term outcome is for Jordan Cameron?