Joe Haden Officially Given Four-Game Suspension
Well, we all knew it was coming sooner or later.
Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden was officially suspended four games by the NFL, beginning in Week 2, after he tested positive for Adderall during a drug test this offseason. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer confirmed the team’s announcement of the league’s decision on her Twitter account.
The 23-year-old Haden appealed the suspension after the league informed him that he tested positive for Adderall. The drug, used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) but has other medical uses, is considered a stimulant by the NFL and is on their list of banned substances. It’s been said that Haden used the drug as a “pick-me-up” during an offseason visit to Las Vegas.
Since Haden appealed the suspension, he was able to play in the team’s season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, a 17-16 loss. He helped a young Browns defense keep the game close until the end, and had five tackles and an interception.
Now that the suspension is official, Haden–who is an integral part to the Browns defense–won’t return until Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Until then, he can only hope that this suspension speeds by.