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Scott Fujita Thinks 4-Game Suspension For Joe Haden Overly Harsh

Cleveland Browns linebacker and NFLPA executive board member Scott Fujita thinks cornerback Joe Haden got a raw deal from the NFL when the league suspended Haden for the first four games of the season after testing positive for Adderall during the summer. The use of Adderall was classified as a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, but Fujita thinks the fact that Haden tested positive for a stimulant during the offseason should have fallen under the substance-abuse policies -- where players are not suspended until they commit a second violation.

Here is what Fujita recently told Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland regarding Haden's suspension:

"I personally think that [the suspension should be reduced]," Fujita said. "Others may disagree, saying the rules are the rules. Joe's a great guy. He loves to come to work. Great guy in the community. He made one small mistake. You can be arrested for selling crack cocaine and be (placed in the NFL) drug program and not lose any games if it's your first offense."

Haden will not be eligible to return until after the Browns play the Giants on Oct. 7.

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