Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden injured his hip Sunday in the comeback win against the Tennessee Titans and as of right now his status for the Week 6 Sunday game against the Pittsburgh Steelers is “iffy”, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
#BRowns HC Mike Pettine indicated CB JOe Haden (hip) will have iffy status this week and for Pittsburgh game.
— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) October 6, 2014
Haden managed to finish the game Sunday against the Titans and while he was evaluated Tuesday, his status for the Steelers game won’t be fully known until later on in the week.
Should Haden be unable to play against the Steelers, rookie first-round draft pick Justin Gilbert would likely get the start opposite Buster Skrine with K’Waun Williams staying at the nickel corner spot.
During his career, Haden has not matched up well against Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. In the Week 1 win matchup between the two teams, Haden personally gave up two catches for 53 yards and a long touchdown to Brown.
As for Gilbert, who was drafted eighth overall this year by the Browns, he’s seen his snaps decrease ever week since Week 1 because of poor play. Against the Titans, the Oklahoma State product only played eight snaps.
The Browns enter Week 6 with 2-2 record and they’re currently listed as two point favorites over the Steelers.