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Mike Holmgren confirms Joe Haden’s been suspended

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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.

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8 Responses to “Mike Holmgren confirms Joe Haden’s been suspended”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Sep 4, 2012 11:29 AM

    Same as Tyler Sash of the Giants. They both should have gone the Dez Bryant approach … get arrested a few times … slap your Mom silly.

    He got 1 game. Yeah, that will teach him.

  2. joetoronto says: Sep 4, 2012 11:33 AM

    Holmgren then added “I am the walrus, goo goo g’joob.”

  3. offthelows says: Sep 4, 2012 11:41 AM

    seems like everyone is saying they popped for Adderall when they’re suspended… and the testing results are confidential. Public reaction: I believe my favorite team’s player, but the other guys are really dirty.

  4. raysfan1 says: Sep 4, 2012 11:44 AM

    Ain’t it a shame that professional athletes have an exponentially higher rate of ADD than the general population and thus need to take amphetamines. Couldn’t just be that a lot are trying to use a loophole to continue legally using their favorite PED.

  5. raiderfankirk says: Sep 4, 2012 11:56 AM

    4 games for adhd medication? wow…

  6. humbleminded85 says: Sep 4, 2012 12:25 PM

    Somehow this was also Art Modell’s fault right?

  7. pacodawg says: Sep 4, 2012 3:08 PM

    Browns wi lay the smack down on Vick. Guaranteed.

  8. herpeburp says: Sep 4, 2012 9:30 PM

    How can Haden be suspended for 4 games for adderall and Kenny Britt/Marshawn Lynch be suspended for 1 game? This makes absolutely no sense. The NFL needs a sentencing guideline. There is no consistency to their suspension protocol.

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