Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden faces a 4-game suspension following a failed drug test during the offseason News Channel 5 sports director and 92.3 The Fan’s Andy Baskin reports.
Haden and the Browns would not confirm the report following Wednesday night’s “Family Night” practice at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
“It’s really a league matter,” Haden said. “I can’t comment on that right now. I can’t comment on it at all.”
Baskin reports that Haden may have tested positive for Adderall, which is used to tread ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) in adults and children.
“I don’t know anything about what was reported,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “And if I did I wouldn’t be allowed to talk about it.”
Shurmur denied knowledge of the potential suspension and said that he’s not heard from the NFL.
“I’m assuming if that’s the case, then we’ll receive notice from the league,” Shurmnur said. “But, as I mentioned, that hasn’t been the case.”
Adderall is on the leagues list of banned substances. It is unclear if Haden has been prescribed the drug.
“Our players are well aware of what they can and can’t put in their bodies,” Shurmur said. “And that’s one of the indoctrinations into this league. The players all know that they’re responsible for what goes into their bodies. And I’m not speaking about any specific situation, and I’m not alluding to anything I don’t know about.
“I’m just saying, they’re all aware of what they can’t put in their bodies.”
The NFL has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to performance enhancing drugs and has told players that they are accountable for anything that they ingest.
“That’s my boy, he’s a good kid,” returner Josh Cribbs said. “It’s unfortunate, we move on. He’s not worried about it. He’s playing, he’s in good spirits. We all know Joe, he supports all the Cleveland teams. He’s one of the leaders in our community and a leader on this team.
“We’re going to take care of him. We’re going to get through it.”
Should he be suspended, a 4-game suspension would cost Haden about $1.356 million.
“Everybody knows who I am,” Haden said. “Honestly, with my friends and my family, they know who I am. All the Haden Nation supporters, they know who I am. You can’t put up a front so I’m just going to keep ballin’, keep looking forward, looking to the next game, and keep doing my thing.”
Haden, the seventh overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, started 15 games during the 2011 season. He compiled 65 tackles while defending 19 passes defensed but did not record an interception.
As a rookie two years ago, he had 57 tackles and 18 passes defensed with 6 interceptions.