September 17, 2014

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Browns TE Jordan Cameron has concussion, not practicing; CB Joe Haden also idle

Browns tight end Jordan Cameron tackles Bears cornerback Zack Bowman after an interception Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Browns tight end Jordan Cameron tackles Bears cornerback Zack Bowman after an interception Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron has a concussion, isn’t practicing today and will likely miss Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

Cameron finished the loss to the Bears on Sunday, then reported concussion symptoms Monday. He’s following the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Playing without Cameron would be a big blow for the Browns (4-10), who’ve lost five straight and eight of nine. He leads the team with 75 catches and has 848 yards and seven catches.

He’s a strong candidate to make his first Pro Bowl appearance.

“It’s big,” receiver Josh Gordon said of the loss of Cameron. “He’s a great playmaker for us.”

Cameron missed the final two games last season with a concussion.

Gary Barnidge will likely start, and rookie MarQueis Gray will see more playing time. Barnidge has been a solid blocker and has 11 catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

Gray has two catches for 8 yards and five rushes for 39 yards as a Wildcat quarterback.

Cameron isn’t the only important player for the Browns dealing with an injury.

No. 1 cornerback Joe Haden (hip pointer) isn’t practicing today. Coach Rob Chudzinski didn’t rule him out and said he’d be evaluated throughout the week. Rookie third-round pick Leon McFadden would start in his place.

Left guard John Greco (knee) and reserve tight end Andre Smith (calf) are also not practicing.

Running back Willis McGahee (concussion) will return to practice. He missed the Bears game after sustaining a concussion Dec. 8.