Browns cornerback Joe Haden has been ruled out for today’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Haden injured an oblique muscle Wednesday during practice and missed practice Thursday and Friday. He was listed as questionable on the injury report and his status for today was a game-time decision.
Without Haden in the starting lineup, cornerbacks Sheldon Brown and Buster Skrine will line up on the outside. Rookie Trevin Wade will cover Cowboys slot receiver Miles Austin in the nickel package.
Haden is the team’s top cornerback, and the Browns discovered his true value earlier this season. When Haden served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances — he said Adderall use triggered his failed drug test — the Browns went 0-4.
In the four games Haden missed, the Browns allowed 1,141 yards and 10 touchdowns through the air. In the four games since he returned from his suspension in Week 6, they have yielded 874 passing yards and four passing touchdowns and have gone 2-2.
Haden, the seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft, has compiled 27 tackles, five broken-up passes and two interceptions this season.