Thursday, December 19, 2013
Horton: Haden will be game-time decision
By Pat McManamon
It will be a game-time decision whether Browns cornerback Joe Haden faces the New York Jets on Sunday. Haden is trying to recover from a deep hip bruise and did not practice Wednesday or Thursday.
“We definitely need him to play and want him to play,” defensive coordinator Ray Horton said. “But obviously it’s a health and safety concern. We’re doing everything we can, I know he is, to be ready to play. So we’ll just wait and give him as much rest and rehab time as necessary to get him out there.”
In Haden’s absence, rookie Leon McFadden would start, and Horton mixed no words when assessing what McFadden should expect.
“He’s definitely the hot corner, if you will, because as a rookie, they’re going to come after you,” Horton said. “They know who’s playing, just like we know who’s playing on their side. He’s going to get tested until he can prove that, ‘Hey, either I’m not a rookie or if you do throw at me, I’ll take it back on you.’ So I’m sure he’s aware that this week in New York, he’ll probably have a little bit of a target on him because of being a rookie and having two penalties the last two weeks.”
Horton was flagged for key pass interference penalties two weeks in a row, in New England and against Chicago.
The Browns quibbled about the call in New England.
They didn’t about the call against Chicago.
“I think the officials got that one right,” Horton said. “I really do.”
In addition to Haden, tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) did not practice. He is not expected to play.