The Cleveland Browns will get Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden back into the lineup this week when they play the New York Jets. He is officially active for the game despite being originally listed as questionable.
Haden, a Pro Bowler in 2013 and 2014, was limited during all three days of practice this week with a groin injury. In addition, he has missed three of the past five games with two separate groin injuries, so there was a great deal of speculation that he would miss the game against Oakland as well.
On Friday though, Haden foreshadowed his status for Sunday and explained that, although he’s hurting, he needs to be out there.
“I think everybody is hurt,” he said Friday. “I’m not 100 percent, but I’m going to be able to go.”
Haden’s ability to play in the game is a huge addition for the Browns. Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been playing well as of late and Cleveland will need a strong effort from Haden to keep Marshall from having a big game.
“Yeah, Brandon Marshall is one of the elites,” he said. “He’s been like that for a while. He’s super strong – big strong and fast. He’s capable of running every route, catching every ball and fior Fitzpatrick, he’s definitely one of his favorite targets. He throws it to him very often an the backside (shoulder).”
In addition to Haden, the Browns will also get cornerback Jamar Taylor back from injury.
Taylor suffered a groin injury on Thursday and his status for the game became a surprise question mark late in the week. Thankfully for Cleveland, the injury was not bad enough to keep him from the field and he’ll play on Sunday against the Raiders.