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Joe Haden, Jordan Cameron miss practice

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Defensive back Joe Haden and tight end Jordan Cameron did not practice Wednesday because of injuries.

Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden (hip) and tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) did not practice Wednesday because of injuries sustained in last Sunday’s 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Haden suffered a hip pointer late in the third quarter of the loss and was unable to return to the contest. On Monday, Haden said he would play only if he could help the team and not be a liability.

Cameron reported symptoms of a concussion on Monday and was sent home by the medical staff. He is currently going through the league’s concussion protocol and his progress will continue to be evaluated as the week goes on, according to Browns coach Rob Chudzinski.

“Joe Haden will not practice today, but again, it will be day-to-day,” Chudzinski said. “We’ll see how he progresses as the week goes on.

“Jordan Cameron will not practice today. He came in on Monday and he’s in the concussion protocol for this week. We’ll see how that goes as the week goes. He didn’t report (symptoms) until Monday, so it was maybe late in the game, but we’re not sure of exactly the play.”

The losses of Haden and Cameron take away the Browns’ most-tenured cornerback and their most prolific pass catcher, but open up opportunities for other players.

“This is a great opportunity for a lot of those young guys that maybe haven’t had a lot of starting reps or a lot of reps in the games with the ones,” said six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas. “The guys that are going to have to step up, we’re going to expect them to step up and this is a great opportunity for them to show their ability and show what they can do on Sundays.”

Chudzinski added, “We have some other guys. Gary Barnidge has played a lot of snaps. MarQueis Gray will have a good opportunity, and it’s good from a timing standpoint. This last week was really the first time MarQueis has been 100 percent since he was injured before the bye week, so he’ll get an opportunity. Keavon Milton, he’s another one as well.”

Haden has registered 58 total tackles, including 53 solo stops, which is one off his career best from 2011, four interceptions, one of which he returned for a 29-yard touchdown at the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 17, and 19 passes defended, which equals a career high.

Cameron leads the Browns with 75 catches, which he has turned into 848 yards and seven touchdowns, all of which are career bests.

“I’m really pleased with how he’s jumped out and improved in such a short amount of time,” Chudzinski said of Cameron. “He’s proven to be a consistent playmaker, and really done a nice job catching the ball, learning the game, getting open, understanding the nuances of that position, and the versatility you need at that position. He’s grown as a blocker as well.”

ON THE MEND

Earlier this season, the Browns lost defensive lineman Desmond Bryant for the balance of the year because of an irregular heartbeat. After twice experiencing the irregular heartbeat, once each with the Oakland Raiders and Browns, the third episode forced Bryant to go in for a procedure.

“I’ve talked to Desmond and seen him a number of times afterwards,” Chudzinski said. “He’s doing fine, and he’s excited because it was something that was on his mind and he was concerned about, but it’s past him now. With that procedure being done, he’s expecting to be back 100 percent and better than ever. Just telling by the pep in his step, he’s excited about the future.”

INJURY UPDATES

In addition to Haden and Cameron, the Browns practiced without offensive lineman John Greco (knee) and tight end Andre Smith (calf) on Wednesday. They did, however, get a bit of good news on the injury front in the form of running back Willis McGahee, who missed last week’s game with a concussion suffered in the latter stages of the 27-26 loss at New England on Dec. 8.

According to Chudzinski, McGahee was cleared for both practice and Sunday’s game at the New York Jets in MetLife Stadium.

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