The NFL fined Oakland Raiders safety Brandian Ross $22,050 for unnecessary roughness for striking Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron in the head and neck area, reports NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Cameron was hit in the back of the head by Ross in the second quarter of Cleveland’s 23-13 victory over Oakland on Sunday while making a 21-yard catch. Cameron sustained a concussion on the play and did not return to the game.
He will not play in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after his third concussion in the past two seasons. Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge will replace Cameron in the lineup. Cameron, who made his first Pro Bowl in 2013, has 13 catches for 250 yards and one touchdown.
Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he is not sure about Cameron’s availability for Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate to do it right at this time when it’s still fresh and [he's] recovering from it,” Pettine said to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We’ll see how long it takes and the severity of this one. If that’s something we need to address we will.”
Ross, who receives a game check of $27,612 per week, is in his third season with Oakland and in four games, he has seven total tackles in one pass defended.
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