Page last updated on Fri Jul 29 13:50:19 EDT 2016
Thu, 13 Sep 2012 02:30 AM EDT

The Browns had Joe Haden for one game. They are going to be without their best cornerback for the next 4.

The NFL issued a statement, which read: “Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns has been suspended without pay for 4 games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. Haden’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return the Browns’ active roster on Monday, October 8 following the team’s October 7 game against the New York Giants.”

Haden, who reportedly tested positive in the offseason for the stimulant Adderall, played in Sunday’s season opener against Philadelphia. He had an interception and 6 tackles in Cleveland’s 17-16 loss. Haden hasn’t commented on his ordeal during training camp.

Haden latterly had his appeal heard on the suspension, which has been hanging over the Browns for weeks. The league does not announce suspensions till after the appeal process completes to give protection to the player’s privacy.  The league didn’t provide any details about Haden’s violation.

Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis claimed the team won’t make a declaration about Haden’s suspension, which should cost the previous 1st-round draft pick $1.356 million in income. Coach Pat Shurmur was unaware of Haden’s suspension when he held his weekly news conference. NFL scores

Haden won’t be allowed at the team’s headquarters during his suspension. Last week, the Browns practiced without linebacker Scott Fujita, who had his 3-game suspension for his role in the Saints’ bounty scandal temporarily lifted by a 3-member appeals panel. Fujita didn’t dress for Sunday’s game.

Haden, who did not have an interception last season after getting 6 picks as a rookie, appeared to know his suspension was imminent following Sunday’s game, when he had one of the Browns’ 4 interceptions of Eagles QB Michael Vick.

“It felt good,” Haden said after. “There’s nothing like playing football. That’s what I’ve been training for my entire life. Being out there with my squad, you just feel comfortable. You feel comfortable and at peace. I was just pleased to be out there playing with them.”

Haden’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, attended the game.

It was vital for the Browns to have Haden, their top coverage cornerback, in the opener against the dangerous Vick. He’ll be missed the next 4 weeks as well as Browns will play Cincinnati, Bills, Baltimore and the N.Y Giants.

Complicating matters is that the Browns can be without cornerback Sheldon Brown, who left Sunday’s game in the 1st quarter with a shoulder injury. Brown has started 161 consecutive games, and Browns Coach Pat Shurmur recounted Monday he thought the 33-year-old would be available this week.

With Haden out, Dimitri Patterson will start and 2nd-year defensive back Buster Skrine will either move to Patterson’s position at nickel back or start if Brown can’t play. The Browns also have rookie Trevin Wade, who was inactive on Sunday.

A 3rd-year pro, Haden had 6 tackles and an interception, which he returned 50 yards, in the Cleveland Browns’ Week One loss to the Eagles. He had 19 passes defensed last season and 18 together with 6 picks as a rookie in 2010.

Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
FOOTBALL: 8/7/2016 - 10/31/2016
BASEBALL 6/5/2016 - 8/9/2016
RK Team
Chicago Cubs
Seattle Mariners
Chicago Cubs
New York Mets
Boston Red Sox
WTA - Montreal, CanadaKASATKINA, D vs. KERBER, A07:00 AM PST
WTA - Montreal, CanadaPAVLYUCHENKOVA, A vs. KEYS, M07:00 AM PST
WTA - Montreal, CanadaKUZNETSOVA, S vs. HALEP, S07:00 AM PST
ATP - Toronto, Canada, DoublesKLAASEN R / RAM R vs. MURRAY J / SOARES B09:20 AM PST
ATP - Toronto, CanadaANDERSON, K vs. WAWRINKA, S09:30 AM PST
ATP - Toronto, Canada, DoublesDODIG I / MELO M vs. KONTINEN H / PEERS J10:40 AM PST
ATP - Toronto, CanadaDIMITROV, G vs. NISHIKORI, K10:50 AM PST
MLBSea Mariners vs Chi Cubs11:20 AM PST
ATP - Toronto, CanadaDJOKOVIC, N vs. BERDYCH, T3:30 PM PST
MLBBal Orioles vs Tor Blue Jays4:05 PM PST
MLBSTL Cardinals vs Mia Marlins4:10 PM PST
MLBCol Rockies vs NY Mets4:10 PM PST
MLBOak Athletics vs Cle Indians4:10 PM PST
MLBHou Astros vs Det Tigers4:10 PM PST
MLBNY Yankees vs TB Rays4:10 PM PST
MLBPhi Phillies vs Atl Braves4:35 PM PST
ATP - Toronto, CanadaRAONIC, M vs. MONFILS, G4:50 PM PST
MLBKC Royals vs Tex Rangers5:05 PM PST
MLBPitt Pirates vs Mil Brewers5:10 PM PST
MLBChi White Sox vs Min Twins5:10 PM PST
MLBBos Red Sox vs LA Angels7:05 PM PST
MLBAri Diamondbacks vs LA Dodgers7:10 PM PST
MLBWas Nationals vs SFO Giants7:15 PM PST
MLBCin Reds vs SDG Padres7:40 PM PST