Hawkins returns; Cameron, Gipson not yet

Browns' offensive playmakers slowly, but surely returning to the field.

BEREA, Ohio— The Browns might be able to get one of their play makers on offense back this week in Andrew Hawkins, but also might be without one of their biggest play makers on defense.

The Browns started the practice week Wednesday without Tashaun Gipson. However, they might get some help as Mike Pettine left the door open regarding the possibility of Jordan Cameron returning this week.

Pettine confirmed that Gipson is in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Gipson took a knee to the head against the Bengals and came back from the weekend off complaining of a headache.

Pettine said Cameron might practice Wednesday, which indicates he’s moved up in getting cleared in the league’s concussion protocol. Cameron has missed the last two games. However, Cameron was not on the field during the open session.

Pettine was asked prior to practice Wednesday if either will practice.

“Cameron maybe, but it’s too early for Gip (Gipson),” Pettine said. “It will be a tight window. We haven’t ruled Gip out yet, but he’s in the protocol. We’ll always adhere to that strictly and see how the week finishes.”

Gipson leads the NFL in interceptions with six, but if he cannot play he will be replaced by Jordan Poyer and Jim Leonhard.

Hawkins practiced on Wednesday after missing last week’s game with the Bengals. He currently leads the Browns in receiving with 39 catches for 504 yards.


McDonald Back: C Nick McDonald was practicing during the open media time at practice. McDonald sat out Tuesday with a calf injury. McDonald was listed on the pre-practice injury report with a calf injury. Pettine talked about McDonald before practice.

“If Nick can’t go, we know we have (John) Greco to slide over, if we had to,” Pettine said. “Ryan Seymour has taken the reps while Nick’s not practicing.”

Pettine said McDonald might just some rest early in the week.

“We’ll know better today,” Pettine said. “We didn’t want to put him out there on the extra day (Tuesday). We’ll see where he is today. He’s logged enough practice and game reps that we might be better off to rest him early in the week, but make sure he’s getting the mental reps. I think that will all clean itself as week goes on.”

If Seymour starts, it would be the fourth different center to start for the Browns in the past month. Alex Mack broke his leg against the Steelers and Greco started the next game. McDonald has started the last three games at center.

Other players on the pre-practice injury report were WR Andrew Hawkins (thigh, knee), DL Phil Taylor (knee) and DB Johnson Bademosi (concussion). Hawkins practiced, while Cameron, Gipson and Bademosi were not on the field during the open session.

Gipson Leads Pro Bowl: FS Tashaun Gipson currently is the leading vote getter for the Pro Bowl with five weeks left in the voting. Fans can vote at NFL.com. Gipson currently leads the NFL with six interceptions, but is questionable to play this week from suffering a concussion against the Bengals.

Could’ve, Should’ve: The Texans selected DE J.J. Watt in the first round (11th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft. That year, the Browns had the sixth-overall pick and they traded down with the Falcons and used the picks they received to eventually select DL Phil Taylor, QB Brandon Weeden, WR Greg Little and FB Owen Marecic. They also bypassed WR Julio Jones, who the Browns were rumored to be interested in, but the trade allowed the Falcons to select him.

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