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Browns CB Joe Haden serves 4-game suspension, back at practice

The Browns had their secondary torched in the month of September, but they'll get a nice boost this week with the return of Joe Haden.

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Haden enjoying comeback season despite suspension

Despite a four-game suspension, Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden is having a comeback season after a disappointing 2011 campaign.

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Joe Haden ready to return in Week 6 vs. Bengals

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden has served out his four-game suspension for violation of the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy. On Sunday he will make his season debut against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cleveland secondary has been decimated by injuries, so Haden's return is huge for a defense that ranks No. 26 in defending the pass after allowing 280.6 yards per game through the air so far in 2012. The young rising star recently told Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland that he is ready to move past this incident:

"Everybody makes mistakes. I'm a young man [23 years old] and I 'fessed up to mine, took accountability, took the punishment. I just honestly want to get it past me."

Haden was suspended by the league after testing positive for Adderall -- a substance normally used as a form of treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder -- during the off-season.

The Browns (0-5) host the Bengals (3-2) on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET, and Haden is expected to match up against standout wide receiver A.J. Green, who leads Cincinnati with 36 receptions for 493 yards and four touchdowns over the first five games.

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Browns CB Haden apologizes, confirms use of drug

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden returned to practice on Monday, and also apologized to his fans in "Haden Nation," according to ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi, for missing the Browns' last four games due to suspension.

"I hurt a lot of people. I hurt myself, for sure. I hurt a lot of people with the decision I made. I just want everybody to know I sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart. It was a mistake. Everybody makes mistakes but my mistake hurt a lot more people than I thought."

Haden also confirmed that the suspension came as a result of a positive test for Adderall, which is normally used as a form of treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:

"I took Adderall and I shouldn't have and I got suspended and now I'm back."

According to an ESPN Cleveland source, Haden tried to avoid the suspension by arguing that the positive test should have fallen under the league's substance abuse policy, rather than in the performance-enhancement category. Had that been the case, he would have been admitted into the league's drug program in lieu of a suspension. However, the league overturned his appeal, stating that he didn't demonstrate a therapeutic need for Adderall.

Haden should be back on the field this Sunday for the 0-5 Browns, who will host the Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. ET.

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Browns CB Joe Haden Returns To Practice, Likely To Play Week 1

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden, arguably the team's best cover man, returned to practice Wednesday and is likely to play when the Brown host the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. Haden is awaiting a verdict from the league on his four-game suspension for violation of the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy.

That Haden was on the field Wednesday means he is available to play that week. But that could change. There is a chance Haden wins his appeal, as one player won his case for using the stimulant Adderall, which is what Haden reportedly used. Another NFL player lost his appeal over use of the same substance.

Coach Pat Shurmur declined comment and didn't confirm team president Mike Homgren's statement on a local radion station that Haden had already had his appeal hearing.

Stay with this StoryStream for that update, and be sure to check out Dawgs by Nature for more Browns coverage. Also head over to SB Nation's NFL hub for more pro football news and analysis.

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