Joe Haden Injury: Updates on Browns Star's Recovery from Ankle Surgery

Timothy RappFeatured Columnist

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) looks on during an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Cleveland. The NFL has asked the Browns why Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden was inactive for Sunday's game against San Diego after being listed as probable on the team's injury report. Browns coach Mike Pettine said Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, that
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Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden underwent offseason ankle surgery in March after battling through an injury-plagued 2015 season. He continues to recover.

Continue for updates.

Jackson Comments on Haden's Recovery

Thursday, April 7

“Let me tell you about Joe Haden,” head coach Hue Jackson said on Wednesday, per Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official website. “All I know is this guy is working his tail off right now.”

Jackson later elaborated on Haden's timeline for a return to the field:

Joe was probably a little disappointed when it came out that it was going to be a little while before he makes it back. I am not going to put a timetable on it, how it happened, when it happened nor exactly when he will get back. I just know this, he is in this building every day working extremely hard and wanting to be back out there with his teammates and doing exactly what they are doing. There’s not a guy in the building that is working as hard as he is. Trust me when I tell you that.

Haden Expected to Be Ready for Start of 2016 Season

Friday, March 18

An official medical update from the Browns confirmed Haden underwent surgery and noted that the cornerback "is expected to resume football activities during training camp."

The team's update also explained Haden was inactive for eight games last season due to ankle, rib, finger and head injuries. The ankle injury occurred during the Browns' Week 8 meeting with the Arizona Cardinals

Haden Remains a Valuable Member of Browns Secondary

After suffering a concussion, the Browns placed Haden on injured reserve Dec. 14 before he cleared the league's concussion protocol Jan. 12. 

Haden, 26, is one of the league's better cornerbacks. Though perhaps not the elite player he was earlier in his career, Haden is often tasked with locking down an opponent's top option in the passing game, making him a vital component of Cleveland's defense.

Coming into last season, Haden registered 16 interceptions and 307 tackles in 72 games played. In abbreviated action during the 2015 campaign, he went on to notch 22 total tackles and zero interceptions. 


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