Steelers CB Joe Haden suffered a sprained AC joint
The Pittsburgh Steelers got humiliated on national television in New England on Sunday night, and things kept getting worse after the game. The Steelers lost 33-3 and also saw a couple of key players leave with injuries like receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and cornerback Joe Haden.
Fortunately, it looks like Smith-Schuster is going to be fine moving forward, but Haden wasn’t so lucky. The veteran corner has a sprained AC joint in his shoulder; a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The good news is that while Haden might be in some pain, he should be able to play through it. Former NFL team doctor David Chao tweets that he expects Haden to maybe miss some practice time this week, but be ready to play when the Steelers face off against the Seahawks in Week 2.
The Steelers need all hands on deck as they look to bounce back from the embarrassing loss, so hopefully, Chao is correct. Haden is a vital part of Pittsburgh’s secondary, and he’ll be needed to help slow down Russell Wilson next week.
Haden wasn’t having his best game against the Patriots, missing a crucial tackle on Josh Gordon that allowed a Patriots touchdown.
Still, though, he is one of the best players on defense for the Steelers. Just before the start of the regular season, the Steelers awarded him a two-year extension worth $22 million that came with a whopping $16.8 million signing bonus.
Haden started his career with the Browns and spent his first seven seasons in Cleveland. He then signed with Pittsburgh in August of 2017, reportedly turning down more lucrative offers from other teams to stay in the AFC North.