Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden apologized to fans for his 4-game suspension late Friday night on his Twitter account.
The NFL announced Haden’s suspension on Monday for violating the leagues PED policy.
“I would like to apologize to all my Browns fans and to #teamHadenNation!,” Haden tweeted. “And let you know I will be back better than ever!”
Haden, who is barred from the team’s facility in Berea while under suspension, is eligible to return on Oct. 8.
Haden lost an appeal of the suspension, which was forthcoming since news of the failed drug test surfaced Aug. 8
The NFLPA sent a memo to players this week as a reminder concerning the use of Adderall and Ritalin.
The memo told players the use of both drugs requires both a prescription and Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) or players face a minimum of a 4-game suspension – no questions asked.
An NFL player can obtain a TUE by applying to the NFL and proving that the drug is medically-necessary.
Haden did not, thus he sits for the next month.
Dimitri Patterson will start at corner in place of Haden, then move inside on nickel packages with Buster Skrine outside starting with Sunday’s game at Cincinnati.
Patterson and Skrine will contend with the likes of A.J. Green, Stevie Johnson, Torrey Smith, and Hakeem Nicks over the next 4 weeks – the No. 1 receivers of the Bengals, Bills, Ravens and Giants.