Cleveland Browns: Joe Haden out until training camp after surgery
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns hope that Joe Haden will be ready for training camp after the veteran cornerback underwent surgery on his ankle.
Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden underwent ankle surgery this week that will keep him out of action until training camp.
According to a news release from the Browns, the surgery on Haden’s left ankle was a result of an injury he suffered against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8 of the 2015 NFL season. While the team did not release specifics about what Haden had repaired, he is “expected” to be able to resume football activities during training camp and “should be ready” for the start of the regular season this fall.
Haden had a brutal season in 2015, starting just five games and being inactive for either others with a variety of injuries that included a two concussions, a damaged rib, a damage finger and the ankle injury. He was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 14 after not being able to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol – something that he did not accomplish until almost a month later and almost two months after suffering his second concussion of the season during the game against the Cardinals on Nov. 1.
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“The thing is everybody is learning about concussions as far as it goes on the fly,” Haden said near the end of the season. “With the protocol and with the way that they handle it, a lot of things are out of our hands. The thing that they have to educate people on is that they are different types of concussions, there are different lengths that people are going to be out and there are different ways to treat them, all different types of ways.”
Haden reportedly did have surgery right away because he believed his ankle was healing properly, but it began bothering him when he started his off-season workouts.
A Pro Bowl selection in 2013 and 2014, the Browns will be looking for Haden to not only return to form this fall, but also provide veteran leadership to a rebuilding team that is in the current throes of purging the majority of its veteran players over the age of 30.
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