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Joe Haden Suspension: Prior Approval Could Help Browns Cornerback Avoid Discipline

On Wednesday, ESPN Cleveland reported that Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden could be facing a four-game suspension for testing positive for the banned substance adderall.

In a follow-up report on Friday, the outlet reported that Haden potentially could avoid missing any games as long as he received permission from the league's independent administrator on anabolic steroids and related substances to use the drug, which is commonly prescribed to help fight Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

According to league policy, as long as Haden presented his case to the independent administrator prior to his positive test, he will not be forced to serve the four-game suspension.

At this time, Haden has declined comment to state whether he needed the drug for a medical condition. He did, however, address the media after practice on Wednesday night.

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