As the Cleveland Browns get ready to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, they will be able to do so with the knowledge that cornerback Joe Haden will be returning from an oblique injury that kept him out against the Dallas Cowboys.
Haden’s return will be a welcomed sight to the Browns’ secondary; Buster Skrine took Haden’s place last week and he was consistently victimized. Maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise, though – the Browns are 0-5 without Haden in the lineup this season.
Haden says that he is currently “90 percent,” but is more than ready to go. The Browns nearly had him on the field last week, too.
“I was real close,” he said. “I went out early and was running around. The first time I really went for a ball, I wasn’t quite ready. Coach was like, ‘Look, Joe, you know we need you to cover Dez (Bryant) and if you can’t do that, then just shut it down.’ I was like ‘Yeah, that’s probably best.’ “
As for Skrine, he suffered a concussion against the Cowboys, though he expects to play on Sunday. Despite his performance last week, Skrine has been efficient as a third cornerback this season.