Cameron likely out, Manziel frustrated

The big TE will probably miss at least Sunday's game, while the rookie QB waits his turn

BEREA, Ohio--The Browns are preparing to play without tight end Jordan Cameron. He could miss the next two games and possibly longer.

"He's in the protocol," Mike Pettine said Wednesday. "I don't know where he was today, as far as symptoms, but you don't even start the clock until they're 'symptom-free'. I know he won't go today, and that'll be a day-to-day thing based on where he is."

Cameron has suffered a concussion in each of the past three seasons, missing one game in 2013 and two games in 2012 due to concussion symptoms.

Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge are expected to fill the void of the Pro Bowl tight end, who caught 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013. Thus far in 2014, Cameron has just 13 catches for 250 yards (19.2 avg.) with one touchdown.

Dray is expected to start, if Cameron cannot play.

"He and Gary both mean a lot, and Jim's been the ultimate professional," Pettine said. "He's come in, hardly says a word and just all he does is work. He's very interactive, very intelligent, very interactive with the staff, I think does a real good job with his preparation. He knows all the different spots.

"He's very flexible that way, very versatile, and he's made plays for us," he said. "He's gotten open. When a ball's been thrown to him he's caught it. Nothing flashy there, but fills a great role for us. Then, he'll have to step up if Jordan is out, as will Gary."

Pettine said he hasn't talked with Cameron about the long-term ramifications of the multiple concussions.

"I don't think it's appropriate to do it right at this time when it's still fresh and recovering from it. We'll see how long it takes and the severity of this one. If that's something we need to address we will."

Notebook

Taylor getting Closer: DL Phil Taylor was on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Titans. Taylor, who was on the stationary bike, had arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 8 and has missed the past three games.

Pettine was asked if Taylor is getting closer to playing. He said that Winn should be ready to play this week.

"Closer," Pettine said. "I don't think it's imminent (him returning). I'd be surprised to see him (play) this week or in the short week (Nov. 6 against the Bengals).

"Billy should be full go (this week), which is encouraging, but Phil is a little ways out."

The Browns had six players limited at practice besides Cameron (concussion) and Taylor. Other players that were listed as limited were: DB Jim Leonhard (ankle), DB K'Waun Williams (neck), WR Rodney Smith (hamstring) and OL Joe Thomas (rest).

Leonhard, Winn and Williams were all practicing at the beginning of practice. Pettine also said that Williams has been cleared.

"He's full go," Pettine said. "I think we'll look to limit his contact, but he's been cleared."

Johnny Frustrated: Pettine was asked if he felt QB Johnny Manziel was frustrated due to lack of playing time. To date, Manziel has played four snaps and thrown one pass.

"I can sense it," Pettine said. "We haven't specifically addressed it. I check in with him as I check in with most all of our guys periodically, but that's a position that can be frustrating.

"To go from being 'the guy' at A & M," Pettine said. "That's a tough thing, but that's the reality of the season has set in, but we make sure that he's preparing like a starter because it can happen in a span of one play.

"You see it all around the league all the time and he has to be ready to go," he said. "He has to be prepared and there's no reason to think that he's not. He comes here, does a good job in the room, he and Connor (Shaw) help Brian (Hoyer) prepare for an opponent. He goes out and competes and does what he can do to get better.

"None of us have a crystal ball," he said. "We don't know when it could happen. The frustration level is natural to deal with, but he has to be ready to go."

Manziel posted something on his Twitter account at 4:31am Monday morning. Pettine was asked if he had concerns about that.

"I don't know if he was still up or if he was waking up early and getting ready to come to work," Pettine said with a smile. "We keep an eye on it, but we're not going to micromanage our guys out of the building. We expect them to be mature and handle themselves. If something is cause for alarm, especially in season, we'll address it."


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