The Cleveland Browns had Joe Haden for one game. They’ll be without their best cornerback for the next four.
Haden was suspended Monday without pay for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances. Haden’s suspension begins immediately, and he will not be eligible to return to the Browns’ active roster until Monday, Oct. 8, one day after they play at the New York Giants.
Haden, who reportedly tested positive in the offseason for the stimulant Adderall, played in Sunday’s season opener against Philadelphia. He had an interception and six tackles in Cleveland’s 17-16 loss. Haden has not commented on his ordeal since the report first surfaced on espncleveland.com during training camp.
Haden recently had his appeal heard on the suspension. The league does not announce suspensions until after the appeal process is complete to protect the player’s privacy.
Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said the team will not make a comment about Haden’s suspension, which will cost the former first-round draft pick $1.356 million in salary.
Haden, who did not have an interception last season after getting six picks as a rookie, seemed to know his suspension was imminent following Sunday’s game, when he had one of the Browns’ four interceptions of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.