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.