Browns President Mike Holmgren announced on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland that defensive back Joe Haden has already had his appeal hearing and is awaiting word on his four-game suspension for testing positive for adderall, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
“I suspect if we haven’t heard by now, we’ll have him for the first game,” Holmgren said.
It’s worth noting that NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Plain Dealer last week that if a player wins his appeal then the suspension will not be announced. Haden is one of the premiere, shutdown defensive backs in the league. If he is lost for the first month of the season, it’ll be a huge blow to the Browns secondary. Dimitri Patterson will start in his place if the league hands Haden his suspension.