Browns Cornerback Haden Suspended Four Games for Drug Violation
Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden has been suspended four games for a violation of the National Football League’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Haden won’t receive pay during the suspension, which begins immediately, the NFL announced in an e-mailed release. It will cost the 23-year-old roughly $1.4 million and he will not be eligible for the Pro Bowl, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Haden tested positive during the offseason for the stimulant Adderall, and played in the team’s first game of the season as he was appealing the suspension, the Associated Press reported.
Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said the team wouldn’t comment beyond the NFL’s statement.
Haden, who won a national championship with the University of Florida after the 2008 season, was selected No. 7 overall by the Browns in the 2010 NFL Draft. He had no interceptions last season after leading the team with six takeaways during his rookie year.
Haden will miss Cleveland’s games against the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants. He will be eligible to return for Cleveland’s Oct. 14 home game against the division-rival Bengals.
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