Bengals vs. Browns: Joe Haden seeking redemption, starting with matchup vs. A.J. Green

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.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Cleveland

You must be a member of SB Nation Cleveland to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Cleveland. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Cleveland

You must be a member of SB Nation Cleveland to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Cleveland. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.