Aug 24, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden (23) against Philadelphia Eagles in a preseason game at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Joe Haden's Suspended 4 Games By NFL

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden was suspended four games by the NFL.

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Joe Haden Suspension Goes Into Effect

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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Joe Haden Likely To Play Week 1 Despite Reported Suspension

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden was practicing with the team on Wednesday, indicating that he's likely to be available for the team's season opener this weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles. As Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer writes, it appears that the league will overturn Haden's recent four-game suspension.

According to NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello, players that practice on Wednesdays are typically available for games that week. So while there hasn't been any official announcement regarding Haden's appeal of his suspension, the indication is that the league will not ban the cornerback from playing.

Haden was suspended during the offseason for four games after reportedly testing positive for the banned stimulant Adderall, but he's appealed the suspension in the hopes of having it reduced or overturned. Considering that he's been practicing with the team this week, it appears that he has won his case.

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Joe Haden Suspended, Still Waiting On Appeal Outcome

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden is awaiting the outcome of an appeal for a banned substances suspension from the NFL.

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