Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden has been suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the league's performance enhancing drugs policy, as Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer reports. He played in the team's season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, but he'll now have to sit out until Week 6.
Against the Eagles, Haden once again flashed his elite-level skills, nabbing an interception off a tipped pass thrown by quarterback Michael Vick during the team's 17-16 loss. It was a rough game for the Browns, though, as they lost the game and fellow cornerback Sheldon Brown, who left the game in the first half with a shoulder stinger.
After Haden's suspension was initlally put in place, the cornerback filed an appeal with the league, but the league has apparently denied the appeal. Haden tested positive for the banned stimulant Adderall, but he apparently couldn't convince the league to overturn or reduce his ban.
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