Browns cornerback Joe Haden returned to practice today, a sign he’ll likely try to push through the pain caused by a hip pointer he suffered this past weekend and face the New York Jets on Sunday.
“I want to play for sure,” Haden said.
Haden said he'll definitely travel with the Browns on Saturday, and whether he plays Sunday will basically be a game-time decision. He was limited today during practice, and he's listed as questionable on the injury report.
"It’s starting to feel better," Haden said. "I’m just trying to see what I can do coming out of my breaks. They don’t want me to do too much now. So we’re still just treating it. If I’m going to be able to go, then it’ll be for Sunday.”
This week during a conference call, Jets coach Rex Ryan said Haden sitting out Sunday is on his Christmas list.
When told about Ryan's wish, Haden laughed and said, “Man, I’m bad Santa.”
Haden, the Browns’ No. 1 cornerback, was knocked out of a 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears 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 sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday with the injury.
In other injury news, starting tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion), left guard John Greco (sprained medial collateral ligament in right knee) and tight end Andre Smith (strained calf) have been ruled out for Sunday.
Wide receiver Davone Bess was excused from practice the past two days for personal reasons, coach Rob Chudzinski said. Bess is listed as quesionable for Sunday. A league source said Bess is dealing with family issues.