Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden hasn't played since Week 10 action against the Detroit Lions in mid-November due to a foot injury, but he's finally set to make his return against the Tennessee Titans in Week 15, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapaport.
Haden will provide a boost to a Steelers team that needs all the help it can get in a fierce battle for the playoffs in the AFC. Pittsburgh sits at 6-6-1 on the season, which is a half-game behind the seventh-seeded Buffalo Bills. However, there are also three other teams sitting at 7-6 in the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos. The Las Vegas Raiders and Miami Dolphins are also fighting for the playoffs at 6-7.
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Meanwhile, the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Chargers are both 8-6. That means seven teams currently have six losses, with two teams sitting at seven losses. It's going to be a mad scramble to the finish line to get in the playoffs, and the Steelers are hoping to be one of those teams left standing.
Pittsburgh's defense hasn't been nearly as stingy this season as in past years. The Steelers are giving up nearly 25 points per game and over 370 yards per game. They're hoping the return of Haden, a three-time Pro Bowler, will help remedy that.
The Titans' passing offense hasn't been all that impressive this season, with injuries to A.J. Brown, Julio Jones and, of course, Derrick Henry not helping matters at all. Pittsburgh will look to shut down Tennessee and get to 7-6-1 on the season.