Earlier this offseason, there was some speculation that Joe Haden would be suspended for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. That speculation was confirmed this week, after the NFL retested the sample, but Haden has appealed the suspension and will be allowed to play until the appeal is over, which sometimes can take months. He’ll be in uniform and shadow DeSean Jackson against the Eagles this week.
If Haden were to miss any time, it would be a huge blow to a team with so little talent. Haden has been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL over the last 2 seasons and was a major Pro Bowl snub in 2011. He’s really been the only bright spot on an overall disappointing Browns team. He’s allowed just 83 completions on 162 attempts (51.2%) for 1165 yards (7.2 YPA), 5 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, while deflecting 28 passes and committing 12 penalties in the last 2 seasons.