Swiftly and simply, the Browns fortunes the next four weeks have been altered.
The NFL announced in a statement late Monday afternoon that cornerback Joe Haden has been suspended for four games "for violating the NFL Policy on performance enhancing substances."
Haden's ongoing saga had lasted for a month, as ESPN-Cleveland's Will Burge reported in early August that Haden had tested positive for Adderall (a banned stimulant) and was facing a four-game suspension.
Coach Pat Shurmur was bombarded all week leading up to the opener with questions about Haden, and repeatedly said he had no information and could not comment if he did.
The league wasted no time making it official this week, though it did not specify the drug.
Haden has consistently declined comment, calling the issue a league matter.
Haden will miss the Browns games against Cincinnati, Buffalo, Baltimore and the Giants. He can't practice with the team, and is ineligible for the Pro Bowl and other postseason awards.