Joe Haden, the 7th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, is reportedly in danger of being suspended for 4 games, according to ESPN Cleveland, after testing positive for Adderall during a routine drug test. Adderall is a classified as a performance enhancing “stimulant” by the NFL. The NFL has reportedly told Haden he tested positive and that they are reviewing the drug test. Haden will be able to appeal the failed drug test after it’s reviewed and possibly avoid suspension or get a reduced suspension.
If Haden were to miss any time, it would be a huge blow to a team with so little talent. Haden has been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL over the last 2 seasons and was a major Pro Bowl snub in 2011. He’s really been the only bright spot on an overall disappointing Browns team. He’s allowed just 83 completions on 162 attempts (51.2%) for 1165 yards (7.2 YPA), 5 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, while deflecting 28 passes and committing 12 penalties in the last 2 seasons. Any suspension would not begin until after an appeal, if there is one, and the process sometimes takes months.