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Cameron active, expected to start

Posted Dec 29, 2013

PITTSBURGH -- Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is active and expected to start today against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

PITTSBURGH -- Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron has been cleared to play after suffering a concussion against the Chicago Bears two weeks ago, and is expected to start today against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

Cameron had missed last Sunday’s game at the New York Jets because of the concussion, but returned to practice this week after being cleared by an independent neurologist.

Cameron ranks second on the team to wide receiver Josh Gordon with 75 receptions, which is eighth on the franchise’s single-season catches list.

He has turned those 75 receptions into 848 yards and seven touchdowns. By catching a touchdown from Jason Campbell against the New England Patriots three weeks ago, Cameron became the first Brown ever to catch a touchdown from four different players in a single season.

Cameron’s receptions and yardage totals are the second-most in the NFL among tight ends this season. His seven touchdowns are tied for fifth and 23 third-down receptions are second in the NFL among tight ends.

The seven touchdowns are the second-most by a Browns tight end in a single season.

While Cameron is expected to start, the Browns will be without the services of four starters, including defensive end John Hughes and tackle Phil Taylor, defensive back Joe Haden and offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao. Quarterback Alex Tanney, tight end Andre Smith and offensive lineman Jason Pinkston are also inactive.

Rookie Leon McFadden will start for Haden, while Billy Winn will go in place of Hughes. Ohio native, and Kent State University graduate, Ishmaa’ily Kitchen will start for Taylor, and rookie Garrett Gilkey will go in place of John Greco at left guard. Greco will move over to right guard because of Lauvao’s thigh injury.

The Steelers have deactivated quarterback Landry Jones, cornerback Isaiah Green, linebackers Jason Worilds and Terence Garvin, defensive end Brian Arnfelt, offensive lineman David Snow and defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo.

Pittsburgh has no expected lineup changes.