Cleveland Browns star cornerback Joe Haden went down with a hip pointer in last week’s loss to the Chicago Bears, and he was a game-time decision and listed questionable on the injury report after only being able to practice on Friday. Haden was able to play in yesterday’s loss to the New York Jets, but he was unable to stay healthy for the entire game.
According to the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram’s Scott Petrak, Haden aggravated his hip pointer late in the game, and he decided to check out of the game with just a few minutes left. He had a good game overall with two passes defended and broke out of his mini-slump towards the end of the season, but the Browns should have rested Haden yesterday. They want to win, but it’s usually best to rest young, star players who are toss-ups when your team is well out of playoff contention.
Haden looks like a toss-up for next week’s rivalry matchup against Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he recorded three passes defended the last time the Browns and Steelers faced off. So far this season, Haden has 54 tackles, four interceptions, and an absolutely incredible 20 passes defended, including a string of four straight games from weeks 8-12 in which he recorded nine passes defended.