Thursday, November 15, 2012
Browns' Haden misses practice with injury
By Jamison Hensley
It was only a few hours ago when I posted that the Ravens' cornerbacks took a hit. Now, the Cleveland Browns' secondary has received a bigger blow.
Joe Haden, one of the top young cover corners in the league, missed practice Thursday with an oblique muscle injury. He was limited Wednesday after pulling it early in practice. It looks like he will try to play Sunday against the Cowboys, but he's extremely questionable at this point.
This is bad news for a Browns secondary that is already without nickel back Dimitri Patterson, who has missed the past four games with a severe ankle injury and hasn't been cleared to practice.
If Haden can't play, the Browns would go with Sheldon Brown and Buster Skrine at cornerback. Skrine, who has made two career starts, has been limited in practice with an ankle injury.
Not having Haden will hurt Cleveland's chances of containing Cowboys receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. During Haden's four-game suspension this season, the Browns went 0-4 and allowed quarterbacks to complete 66.4 percent of their passes with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.