Joe Haden, who last played on November 1 of last season in a loss to Arizona, was activated off of the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list by the Browns on Monday and was expected to practice for the first time this training camp, Dan Labbe of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Last season was a rough one for the Pro Bowl cornerback. He struggled early in the season and then suffered a concussion in a Week 5 win over Baltimore. He had already come under fire for sitting out the team’s loss in San Diego with a broken finger. He missed two games before returning against Arizona, then didn’t play again thanks to a concussion suffered against the Cardinals.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, Haden underwent ankle surgery in the offseason, leaving his timetable for returning by the start of the season in doubt.
“I never really went through any type of adversity like this playing football,” Haden said back in May. “It’s always kind of been pretty good. Just being able to go through something like this, it definitely brings a newfound respect, a newfound love, passion.”
“I’m super excited,” Haden said. “Being able to sit in all the meetings, just re-going over it, it clicked back soon as (Horton) started telling it. No different calls or anything like that. I know all the calls, know all the checks, so now I’m just waiting to get down the plays.”