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Campbell, a nine-year NFL veteran who suffered his second career concussion in a 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 24 when cornerback William Gay shot past the Browns’ blockers and turned Campbell’s head with an open-handed slap to the helmet, knows it is important for Cameron to go through the NFL’s concussion protocol for his own safety.
“When you’re talking about the head, it’s not just something just for now, but later down the road as well,” Campbell said. “As bad as we want him to be out there with us playing on the field, I care more for his health and his safety and I just want him to make sure he’s doing all the right things that he needs to do so that something doesn’t creep up on him later on in life.”
After a slow start to his career in the first two years since joining the Browns through a fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Cameron has emerged as a top playmaker this season.
Cameron leads the Browns with 75 receptions, which he has turned into 848 yards and seven touchdowns. He currently ranks second among NFL tight ends in receptions, receiving yardage and third-down catches (23), as well as tied for sixth with 42 points scored.
Cameron has also been on the receiving end of the second-most touchdowns by a Browns tight end in a single season, and has the sixth-most receiving yards of any tight end in Cleveland history.
“He had a great season,” Campbell said. “His thing is all about growing from last season to this season, and he’s made a lot of steps forward. We understand it’s late in the season and injuries are going to be part of it. A lot of guys are banged up, but it’s going to give some other guys opportunities, if they get a chance to step in, to see what they can do.”
“The next guy will have to step up and be ready to play, and we have some guys that can do that,” Campbell said. “We’ve got to just bring them along and just go out and play. The last couple of weeks, guys have been fighting hard. The team’s been fighting hard.
“We kind of started to press ourselves a little bit because we want that win and we want that W, but the effort has been there. It’s all a learning curve and a teaching curve. No one’s giving up as far as trying to improve as a team or where we’re trying to go, but we’ve just got to relax as far as these last two weeks and just play, have fun and not try to press ourselves to try to feel like we’ve got to do too much.”