There was a report earlier this month that Browns cornerback Joe Haden had been suspended four games for using Adderall.
The report was never confirmed or refuted, however, and there’s been little public discussion about where things stood between Haden and the league. With the season right around the corner, we finally got some confirmation.
During an interview with 92.3 The Fan, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Browns president Mike Holmgren said that Haden has already had an appeal hearing concerning the suspension which also serves to confirm that he was in fact suspended in the first place. Holmgren doesn’t know when the team will hear the result of that hearing, but he anticipates having Haden on the field this Sunday.
“I suspect if we haven’t heard by now, we’ll have him for the first game,” Holmgren said.
If Haden wins his appeal, there won’t be a formal announcement of either the original suspension or the reasons why it has been overturned from the league. That would obviously be the best-case scenario for the Browns who would like to be the beneficiaries of what looks like a big season from one of the best young cornerbacks in the league.