Browns president Mike Holmgren said this morning on 92.3-FM that cornerback Joe Haden was suspended by the NFL for failing an offseason drug test and appealed. The team has yet to hear the result of the appeal.
Previously, it was unknown if Haden had actually been suspended. The league’s policy is to not comment until the process is complete.
“He’s had his appeal hearing,” Holmgren said.
Haden tested positive for Adderall, ESPNCleveland reported last month. Adderall is a stimulant commonly prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The suspension is four games.
Haden, who had an excellent training camp, said Monday he didn’t know if he’d be allowed to play Sunday. The league would likely have to inform the player and team by today if he is going to be suspended for the regular-season opener vs. the Eagles.
“I suspect if we haven’t heard by now, we’ll have him for the first game,” Holmgren said.
If Haden misses time, Dimitri Patterson would start and Buster Skrine would play against three-receiver sets.