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Browns CB Joe Haden concedes pain from injured hip could force him to sit out Sunday vs. Jets

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 16, 2013

Cornerback Joe Haden said he doesn’t know whether he’ll be able to play this coming weekend when the Browns (4-10) visit the New York Jets (6-8) because the hip pointer he suffered Sunday during a 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears has him in pain.

“I’m good. I should be good,” Haden said this afternoon. “It’s just day-by-day right now ‘cause it hurts.”

The Browns’ top cornerback, Haden said he had no idea whether he would be able to participate in practice when it resumes Wednesday. He said his injury makes it difficult to sleep.

“It just hurts,” Haden said. “You can’t really lay like you want to.”

Haden acknowledged there’s a possibility he could miss the final two games of the season.

“If I can play, I’m going to play,” Haden said. “If I can’t, I won’t. So I would love to definitely finish out the season and play. But I’m not going to go out there if I’m not ready or if I’m going to hurt the team in anyway.”

Haden was knocked out of the game with 4:16 left in the third quarter when Bears offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod’s left knee collided with his left hip during a running play. Haden said he watched the replay today.

“I went to go cut [Bushrod] with my shoulder pad, and I overshot it,” Haden said. “So I just left my whole side exposed, and his knee drove right into my side. I was trying to set the edge.”

Haden remained on the ground for a minute or two.

“I knew I wasn’t able to get up at the time,” Haden said. “It was just hurting. I just felt pain. I knew it wasn’t nothing bad, bad. I knew I was going to be OK. But I just knew at that very moment, I just couldn’t get up.”

With Haden out of the game, the Browns blew a 24-17 lead in the fourth quarter by surrendering three touchdowns -- two passing and one rushing -- in a span of 8 minutes, 42 seconds.

“It’s tough, definitely,” Haden said. “But I didn’t want to go out there and hurt my team, either. I was trying to see if I could move and stuff like that, but I would’ve went out there, and I would’ve hurt them way more than I could help.”

If Haden is sidelined against the Jets, Julian Posey and rookie Leon McFadden will receive more playing time. After Haden went out against the Bears, Posey and McFadden played on the outside, and starter Buster Skrine covered the slot to defend three-receiver sets.

“You can’t replace Joe Haden,” Posey said. “I really have to tip my hat to him. You don’t really fill in for him. I’m my own man. I have my own skills, and I have my own talents and abilities and I play different. My style’s different. It’s kind of like Kung Fu. He’s praying mantis. I may be crouching tiger.”


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