In a bit of surprising news, it was learned today that the Cleveland Browns might be without tight end Jordan Cameron for this Sunday's game against the New York Jets. According to head coach Rob Chudzinski, when Cameron came in on Monday, he reported concussion-like symptoms, and is now following the league's concussion protocol. I re-watched all of the plays Cameron was targeted on against the Bears, but I didn't see him take a shot to the head. Therefore, it probably happened on a play in which he was a blocker.
Over the past couple of weeks, we've seen the likes of Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden, and Willis McGahee miss a game due to a concussion. Cameron currently sits at 848 yards receiving on the season. Fans were hoping to see him reach the century mark -- that would have been feasible in two games, but it's asking a lot for one game. Ironically, Cameron also missed the final two games of the 2012 season to a concussion.
If Cameron can't go this week, it's hard to say who would receive his reps. Gary Barnidge is definitely the team's No. 2 tight end, but he is also counted on for his blocking abilities. If the Browns want to keep things status quo with Barnidge, they might elevate MarQueis Gray to more of a receiving type of role. An alternative is just to use more three-receiver sets featuring Davone Bess.