Cleveland Browns tight end
Haden did not participate in practice, while Cameron had been cleared by a neurologist to return to practice for the first time since suffering the concussion in a 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears in the home finale on Dec. 15.
“He moved around, ran around well,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said of Cameron. “Anytime you can get guys who can make plays, and certainly, Jordan’s proven that this season, it helps everybody to have another weapon out there, a guy that can help.”
Also injured in the loss to the Bears, Haden was able to play in last Sunday’s 24-13 loss at the New York Jets. However, he re-aggravated the hip pointer and has been getting treatment since the injury flared up again.
If Haden and Cameron are unable to play, Chudzinski looks forward to seeing what the younger defensive backs and tight ends can do with extended playing time.
“The next guy has to step up,” Chudzinski said. “We’ve practiced that way all week long, actually practiced, for the most part, for two weeks in that regard. We’ll expect whoever gets the opportunity to answer the bell.”
Whether or not Haden or Cameron are in the lineup, the goal of going into Pittsburgh in search of a victory does not change. A victory over the Steelers will give the Browns wins over every team in the AFC North Division in the same season for the first time since the NFL realigned into a four-division format in each conference in 2002.
“This Sunday’s our last test for the season,” Chudzinski said. “Our guys have had a great week of preparation in getting ready for the Steelers. I’m looking forward to playing them and ending the season strong.
“It’s something that we really want to do. The guys committed to doing that, to finish the season strong. The guys are ready to go, and we’ll be excited about playing on Sunday.”
Ending the regular season with a victory would eliminate the Steelers from playoff contention, and according to Chudzinski, could build momentum that may carry over into next season.
“It depends on how you handle it, what that meant during the course of the season and for the course of the season,” Chudzinski said. “At the end of the day, every season’s different and every season’s new. You’d like to have some momentum at the end of the season.
“I don’t think of anything else other than winning and doing things to give ourselves the best chance to win.”