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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.