The Browns missed cornerback Joe Haden against the Cowboys last week, but it sounds like he’ll be back for this week’s game against the Steelers.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Haden said Friday that he has recovered from his oblique injury and plans to play on Sunday. He’s practiced every day this week, which supports that notion and leads you to believe that he’d need to suffer a pretty significant setback to wind up on the sideline for the second straight week.
When Haden was out of the lineup serving a four-game suspension earlier this year, the Browns struggled to stop opposing teams from throwing ht ball. The same was true in Dallas last weekend as Dez Bryant tore up the rest of the Cleveland secondary in a 23-20 overtime win for the Cowboys.
Buster Skrine, one of the Haden replacements last week, also practiced Friday as he tries to make his way back from a concussion. If he and Haden are both able to play, Skrine will likely move into the slot this weekend. That should give the Browns a good shot at slowing down the Steelers’ Charlie Batch-led offense enough to have a shot at winning the game if their offense can find a way to move the ball.