Browns cornerback Joe Haden will push through the pain caused by a hip pointer and face the New York Jets today at MetLife Stadium.
Haden suffered the bruised hip last week in a 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears. He was knocked out of the game with 4:16 left in the third quarter when offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod’s left knee collided with his left hip during a running play.
Haden sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday, but returned to action on a limited basis Friday. He was listed as questionable entering this weekend.
During a conference call Wednesday, Jets coach Rex Ryan said it “would be a break” for the his team if Haden, the Browns’ No. 1 cornerback, was sidelined today against an offense led by rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who ranks second in the NFL with 21 interceptions. Ryan said Haden sitting out was on his “Christmas list.”
Haden hopes to play the part of the Grinch. “Man, I’m bad Santa,” Haden said Friday.
Haden allowed just one touchdown pass in the first 10 games and appeared destined for the first Pro Bowl selection of his career. However, he has given up a touchdown pass in each of the past four games. He’s ranked seventh among cornerbacks in Pro Bowl fan voting, which runs through Dec. 26. Players and coaches will vote Dec. 23-26, so Haden will have one last shot to make a push in the polls against the Jets.
“I haven’t been doing my best ball, but I’ve been playing pretty solid,” Haden said. “It’s not like I’m down on myself. I know what I can do. When I’m healthy, I’m going to put my best foot forward.”