Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Browns are finding new and intuitive ways to lose games every week it seems like. It’s hard to imagine that at one point, this team was 4-5 overall and holding a 13-0 lead against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11. Had they won that game, they could have pulled to within half of a game of the lead in the AFC North.
Since then, they’re 0-5 and are closer to picking in the top-3 of next year’s NFL Draft than being a playoff contender, and the losing streak may continue if they don’t have Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden for the rest of the year.
Haden had to leave Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears when he went down with a hip injury that may sideline him for Week 16 against the New York Jets and beyond. The small benefit that comes for the Browns with Haden potentially out is they get to take a better look at third round rookie Leon McFadden.