Haden, who recorded two tackles (both solo) in the Week 17 win over the Browns, finished up the 2017 regular season with 20 tackles (18 solo), including one sack and an interception return for a touchdown in 11 games.
After seven seasons with Cleveland, Haden joined Pittsburgh, and will finally have an opportunity to take the field in a playoff game. That possibility was almost foiled by a fractured leg suffered in Week 10 that cost Haden five games this season, but he recovered in time for the final regular-season game and appears to be fully recovered. Under contract until 2020, this could be the first of many playoff games for Haden, who should return next season to start opposite Artie Burns in Pittsburgh's defensive backfield.
Haden (upper leg) was a full participant in practice Thursday.
The veteran cornerback should be cleared for Monday's game against the Texans, barring any major setbacks. Haden has missed the past five games after suffering a non-displaced fracture of his left fibula. While he will likely return to his starting role, the Steelers may choose to ease him back into action, which could mean more defensive reps for Coty Sensabaugh.
Haden (upper leg) is expected to play and start Monday against the Texans, barring a setback in practice this week, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Haden looked as though he was trending toward playing in the eventual Week 15 loss to the Patriots, but the cornerback ultimately missed a fifth straight contest due to the fractured fibula. His likely return this week would be a boon for a Pittsburgh defense that has allowed opposing quarterbacks to exceed 230 passing yards during each of the past five games.
Haden (upper leg) was expected to play Sunday against the Patriots but has been ruled inactive.
Haden will miss his fifth consecutive game Sunday. The Steelers were hoping Haden's return would help shore up their secondary with a tough matchup against the Patriots on the agenda, so instead they'll turn to Coty Sensabaugh and William Gay to log a majority of the snaps at cornerback.
Haden (upper leg), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots, is expected to play in the contest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Steelers are viewing Haden as a game-time call, but based on how the cornerback looked in practice this week, the team believes he'll be able to return from a four-game absence. Haden's availability in Week 15 would take on more importance than usual given the difficult matchup with the potent New England passing attack, along with the fact that the cornerback that has mostly filled in for him of late, Coty Sensabaugh (shoulder), is also questionable.
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