Haden was able to return to practice as expected, but there is still little indication as to whether he will be available for Sunday's game against the Patriots. Thursday and Friday's practice sessions should provide a better idea about whether the veteran cornerback is game-ready.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Haden (leg) will return to practice this week, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Haden looks to be slightly ahead of schedule after breaking his left fibula a month ago, as he was originally expected to be sidelined for 5-to-6 weeks. There's no guarantee that the cornerback will be able to play in Sunday's showdown against New England, however, as the team will need to evaluate him on the practice field before any decisions are made. Expect a more concrete update on Haden once Pittsburgh releases its first injury report of the week.
Haden (upper leg) won't require surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture of his left fibula, but he's still expected to be sidelined for 5-to-6 weeks, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
The Steelers feared Haden may have suffered a season-ending injury in Sunday's win over the Colts, and while it's still conceivable that the cornerback could hit injured reserve, the damage he suffered apparently isn't as extensive as the team initially anticipated. Haden, who was signed in August after being cut by the Browns, has enjoyed a solid bounce-back campaign while upgrading a Pittsburgh secondary whose play has spurred the team's 7-2 start. Coty Sensabaugh replaced Haden during Sunday's game and would likely be the main beneficiary for increased snaps while the two-time Pro Bowler is sidelined.
Haden broke his fibula during Sunday's matchup with the Colts, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
With news of this injury, the Steelers only have five healthy cornerbacks remaining on their roster. Considering the severity of the ailment, Haden could be placed on injured reserve since there are just seven games left in the season. In his place, either Mike Hilton or William Gay will fill a starting cornerback role.
Haden (leg) won't return to Sunday's game against the Colts, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Haden will have a short week to recover since the Steelers have a Thursday night game approaching. For the remainder of this afternoon, though, William Gay and Coty Sensabaugh will slot in as top cornerbacks.
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