After having suffered his fourth concussion in four years, the Dolphins are shutting down tight end Jordan Cameron for the season. According to Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald, the team will be placing the veteran on the injured reserve.
Cameron hasn’t taken the field since late September after having suffered yet another concussion. Reports at the time indicated that the 28-year-old was mulling his NFL future, and the two sides agreed that Cameron wouldn’t take the field until he was 100 percent healthy.
The 28-year-old pass-catcher continues to consider leaving the game, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
A recent visit to a specialist indicated that the tight end was recovering, and Cameron even started participating in non-contact physical activities. However, it was evident that he was still months away from being fully healthy.
Cameron had a career year in 2013 with the Browns, when he established career-highs in receptions (80), receiving yards (917), and touchdowns (seven). The tight end hasn’t come close to matching that production over the past two-plus seasons, compiling 67 receptions, 870 yards, and six touchdowns in 29 games. The former fourth-rounder signed a two-year, $15MM deal with the Dolphins prior to the 2015 season, and he reworked his contract this past winter.
With the six-year veteran set to hit free agency following this season, Salguero assumes that his tenure with the Dolphins is finished, and the writer even wonders if Cameron may decide to hang up his cleats. In the short term, MarQueis Gray and Dominique Jones will continue to get snaps at tight end for the Dolphins until Dion Sims returns from his concussion. The team could look to promote tight end Thomas Duarte from the practice squad, though that’s entirely my speculation.
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