BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cornerback Joe Haden passed his physical Monday and was activated off of the PUP (physically unable to perform) list.
Haden, who ran the team’s conditioning drill with ease on July 28, had been sidelined after undergoing left ankle surgery on March 18th.
“We’re going to take our time and make sure he’s totally right,” head coach Hue Jackson said. “We have a plan.”
The Browns will ease Haden, who was limited to just positional and individual drills, back slowly before putting him in team 11-on-11 work or a preseason game.
“If they let me play in the preseason that would be sweet, but my main goal is to get back by Sept. 11,” Haden said.
The 2-time Pro Bowler is expected to get in some work during Monday’s practice after spending the first 8 sessions of camp working with trainers and watching from the sidelines.
“I think they’re doing a really good job of just taking their time,” Haden said. “I think a lot of it is precautionary, just making sure there is no rush to get back right now, just trying to get back as soon as possible whenever I’m ready full percent to be ready to go they’ll put me back in there.”
Haden is coming off a frustrating 2015 season that saw him start and play in just 5 games before ending the year on injured reserve due to a concussion. He also sustained the injury to his left ankle that he aggravated in the offseason leading to the surgery.
Playing It Safe – Rookie receiver Corey Coleman isn’t concerned about his left hamstring after it kept him out of Saturday’s controlled scrimmage in Columbus.
“I could have practiced,” Coleman said. “We don’t want to make it bigger than what it is. Taking little steps.”
Coleman said that he felt it grab a little Friday night during the full-contact scrimmage that saw him haul in 3 deep balls and a pair of touchdowns.
“It is always frustrating to sit out and watching your team go to work you know you want to go to work too but they are doing everything in my best interest so I a gonna be fine,” Coleman said. “I am good.”
The Browns’ first round pick has been one of the standout players so far in camp and Jackson isn’t concerned about him.
Gordon Timetable – Receiver Josh Gordon is expected to practice “soon” according to Jackson.
Gordon reported to the team July 26 with a quadriceps injury a day after he was conditionally reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. He will serve another 4 game suspension to start the season.
Jackson also agreed with Gordon’s former coach at Baylor Art Briles, who said last week that the receiver needed to lose a few pounds.
Unsettling – The offensive line – mostly right tackle remains undecided.
Jackson continues to rotate Alvin Bailey, Austin Pasztor and Shon Coleman at right tackle and center Cameron Erving continues to be limited to individual and positional drills after sustaining an elbow injury last week.
“It’s unsettled until I say it’s settled,” Jackson said of the right tackle spot. “I just want to see different combinations…and put the best 5 [offensive linemen] out there.”
Garth Gerhart has been taking the first team reps in Erving’s place.
Hughes Out – Defensive end John Hughes remains absent from the team to deal with a personal matter. He was excused last week.
Roster Move – The Browns signed defensive lineman Chigbo Anunoby and waived defensive lineman Kyle Rose.
Roll Call – WR Andrew Hawkins (hamstring), WR Corey Coleman (hamstring), WR Josh Gordon (quadriceps), TE Seth DeValve (knee), CB Trey Caldwell (hamstring), FB Malcolm Johnson (concussion), DL Nile Lawrence-Stample (undisclosed) did not practice.
Up Next – Practice Tuesday 3:15-5:45 p.m. Gates open at 2:15.