BEREA – Cornerback Joe Haden has been suspended for four games, the NFL announced. He violated the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Haden played the opener Sunday while awaiting word on his appeal. He had an interception, six tackles and a pass defensed in a 17-16 loss to the Eagles. He also allowed a touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin.
Haden, the team’s No. 1 cornerback, failed an offseason drug test. ESPN Cleveland reported last month he tested positive for Adderall, which is on the league’s list of banned substances. It is commonly prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.
Haden has not commented on the failed test or the possibility of a suspension. He was happy to play Sunday and hopeful he wouldn’t miss any time.
He will be ineligible for the Pro Bowl and other postseason awards because of the suspension.
Haden will miss games against the Bengals, Bills, Ravens and Giants and won’t be permitted to practice with the team. He is eligible to return Oct. 8.
He will forfeit four game checks worth $1,356,000.
Dimitri Patterson will take Haden’s spot in the starting lineup.
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