BEREA, Ohio — The Browns might be able to get one of their playmakers on offense back this week, but also might be without one of their biggest playmakers on defense.
The Browns started the practice week Wednesday without Tashaun Gipson. However, they might get some help with Jordan Cameron returning to the practice field on a limited basis.
Mike 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 had said Cameron might practice Wednesday, but the tight end did not end up hitting the field. Cameron has missed the last two games.
Pettine was asked prior to practice Wednesday if either would 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.
Other players on the pre-practice injury report were wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (thigh, knee), defensive lineman Phil Taylor (knee) and defensive back Johnson Bademosi (concussion).
Taylor and Bademosi did not practice. Hawkins, who missed the game last week against the Bengals, and center Nick McDonald, were on the field for practice.
McDonald was listed with a calf injury and if he can’t play against the Texans, there are a couple of options.
"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.