Steelers CB Joe Haden Reports Sore Leg Following First Practice Back

As expected, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden returned to the practice field on Wednesday and that’s the first time he’s been able to do so since suffering a fracture fibula during the team’s Week 10 game against the Indianapolis Colts. However, despite that happening, it’s still very unclear if Haden will ultimately be able to play Sunday at Heinz Field against the New England Patriots.

According to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, Haden said at the conclusion of the team’s Wednesday practice that his leg is a little sore after his first on-the-field work since suffering his injury. He reportedly indicated that he will know more on Thursday after going through a more rigorous practice as Wednesday’s session was apparently just a walk-thru.

During his Tuesday press conference, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t rule out the possibility of Haden being able to play Sunday against the Patriots.

“We’re getting back into the phase of things where it’s time to have a Joe Haden discussion,” Tomlin said. “He’s worked hard and has done some good things. He’ll be on the practice field in some form or fashion this week. The amount he’s on the practice field will be determined by what he does when he gets out there and obviously his availability will be determined by what he does when he gets out there and the quality of it. So, that’s something that bears watching day-to-day.”

We’ll pass along the Steelers full Wednesday injury report to you in about 30 minutes from now.

  • Surrealist

    the other one is probably sore too

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Hard to conclude anything from this, really. I think there is bound to be soreness when returning from an injury, regardless of health. As he said, we’ll see where he is tomorrow.

  • nikgreene

    It’s probably Haley’s fault. Fire ’em.

  • imjohnh

    “soreness in leg after broken fibula” is currently most googled in the 412 area code.

  • Bradys_Dad

    I sincerely hope that they don’t rush Joe back. We need him for the money rounds.

  • Ring4Shaz

    Shocking. Dude broke his leg a month ago and is practicing professional football today. My whole body would be sore and I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed for a week. Ice whirlpool time, Joe.

  • steelmann58

    get him healthy for the playoffs don’t rush him back

  • Chad Weiss

    If it’s sore after a walk through idk if I’d want him practicing on it

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Correction: “soreness in leg after broken fibula normal”

  • colingrant

    Injured players almost always come back one game too soon. If I’m a coach I’d never go on players self assessment, as it is habitually and competitively optimistic. I’d listen to the players and then add a game or two. When my wife say’s she’s she’ll be ready by 7, that tells me she’ll be ready within the time frame of 7:30-7:45 and I plan my evening preparation from there. The time given is always her optimistic one, especially when going to a fun event like a dinner party. She means well but that’s just how it is. You just adjust accordingly based on the track record.

  • Timothy Rea

    Disagree. You want him out there. Beating NE now might be the difference between playing them this once or twice. I’d rather beat them now and then have them play in WC round against a tough team. They are the type of team that will take that tape apart and don’t think they lose twice.

  • T R

    right, I bump my toe a mouth ago on the table and my toe still hurt. and would not be able to practice.. Amazin

  • John

    He hasn’t played or run in over a month before this week. His timing is going to be off. It will be interesting to see what they do but we cannot expect much more than Coty level play if Haden is out there. Maybe in the next game he will be closer to his old form but this week is really pushing it.

  • The Tony

    No it’s Ben’s fault. We should have traded him years ago!

  • Iulo

    lol… cuz you don’t any option like me 😀

  • Darth Blount 47

    If he indeed practices tomorrow after this report, I’ll be very encouraged. If he doesn’t practice tomorrow after this report, I say shut him down until he’s truly ready. Unless he wakes up Friday feeling like a million bucks, then I say let him practice and see what happens.

    To sum up: “New England is such a huge game, my mind is frazzled thinking about all the ramifications.”

  • ThePointe

    Soreness, with no swelling would be fantastic allowing him to test more rigorously Thursday, and then again Friday. I’m cautiously optimistic hell be ready to go.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    No surprise his leg is sore. It’s probably as much muscular soreness as anything. Probably be some swelling tonight as well. Anyone who has broken a bone in the foot/ankle/leg area and been unable to do anything rigorous with thay limb will understand what I’m talking about. He’ll be fine long-term and the pain will subside before long, but I don’t think it wise to push things on the matter. If he’s not completely ready, don’t play him. Id rather have him healthy for the playoffs.

  • NickSteelerFan

    Please do not rush back, there will be many more important games in January and February that we need you healthy and 100% for!

  • hdogg48

    I’m not real confident about our D shutting down Brady and Co
    this Sun.

    It’s going to be up to the Killer Bs and JuJu to score
    5 TDs to secure home field throughout.

    We need to get Haden healthy for the playoffs and with
    the Texans, and Browns afterwards plus the bye it
    will assure us that he will be healthy for the playoffs.

    Sutton needs the reps, and he can be baptized this
    W/E. Nobody will blame if he gets toasted by Cooks.
    It could just as easily happen to Coty and Burns.

    I say give Sutton and Allen a ton of reps against the
    Texans and Brown, assuming a bye or home field
    have been clinched.

    Nothing wrong with having young, fast, quality depth
    to run in and out in the playoffs when Haden returns.

  • hdogg48

    I’m not real confident about our D shutting down Brady and Co
    this Sun.

    It’s going to be up to the Killer Bs and JuJu to score
    5 TDs to secure home field throughout.

    We need to get Haden healthy for the playoffs and with
    the Texans, and Browns afterwards plus the bye it
    will assure us that he will be healthy for the playoffs.

    Sutton needs the reps, and he can be baptized this
    W/E. Nobody will blame if he gets toasted by Cooks.
    It could just as easily happen to Coty and Burns.

    I say give Sutton and Allen a ton of reps against the
    Texans and Brown, assuming a bye or home field
    have been clinched.

    Nothing wrong with having young, fast, quality depth
    to run in and out in the playoffs when Haden returns.

  • hdogg48

    I’m not real confident about our D shutting down Brady and Co
    this Sun.

    It’s going to be up to the Killer Bs and JuJu to score
    5 TDs to secure home field throughout.

    We need to get Haden healthy for the playoffs and with
    the Texans, and Browns afterwards plus the bye it
    will assure us that he will be healthy for the playoffs.

    Sutton needs the reps, and he can be baptized this
    W/E. Nobody will blame if he gets toasted by Cooks.
    It could just as easily happen to Coty and Burns.

    I say give Sutton and Allen a ton of reps against the
    Texans and Brown, assuming a bye or home field
    have been clinched.

    Nothing wrong with having young, fast, quality depth
    to run in and out in the playoffs when Haden returns.

  • cencalsteeler

    Play him Sunday, then park him in the garage for the next two weeks.

  • cencalsteeler

    Play him Sunday, then park him in the garage for the next two weeks.

  • Iulo

    i was thinking like more of the guys here… just don’t rush him and let him practice but still sits him for this game. But when I think more about it, I also agree with you; this is a big game! so many ramifications. We better win this one and we have the better opportunities to win next one.

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    No it’s Tomlin’s fault! Fire him!

  • Lambert58

    How bout just get Haden in for 10-20 snaps?

  • hdogg48

    I’m not real confident about our D shutting down Brady and Co
    this Sun.

    It’s going to be up to the Killer Bs and JuJu to score
    5 TDs to secure home field throughout.

    We need to get Haden healthy for the playoffs and with
    the Texans, and Browns afterwards plus the bye it
    will assure us that he will be healthy for the playoffs.

    Sutton needs the reps, and he can be baptized this
    W/E. Nobody will blame if he gets toasted by Cooks.
    It could just as easily happen to Coty and Burns.

    I say give Sutton and Allen a ton of reps against the
    Texans and Brown, assuming a bye or home field
    have been clinched.

    Nothing wrong with having young, fast, quality depth
    to run in and out in the playoffs when Haden returns.

  • ThatGuy

    Sore and hurt are two different things. If I don’t workout then go squat my legs are also sore from inactivity.

  • gdeuce

    Clean house! Trade everyone!

  • Grant Humphrey

    Might be just because he hasn’t practiced in awhile.

  • derp_diggler

    Yes, but come Sunday, is she going to be able to play?

  • Thomas

    definitely not a good sign, not even a full speed practice and a game is going to be orders of magnitude tougher than that. Not this week…

  • ImMikeD

    This would have never happened if Haden was one of Cowher’s players

  • pittsburghjoe

    Colbert signed the guy, he lost it years ago and needs to go. The medical staff clearly dropped the ball too.

  • LifeUhhFindsAWay

    Switch to 4-3!

  • nikgreene

    Convert Spence to safety!

  • MC

    With the steelers medical staff and the amount of aggravations this team has had, i’m concerned for his return this game…

  • Brenton deed

    I had broken ribs once and after 2 months the improvement plateaued. After another month I started doing bench presses in spite of the pain.

    I was astonished to find the ribs improved after doing the exercises. The moral of the story is that sometimes towards the end of a recovery process the exercise helps even though it hurts.

  • David Chapman

    If you watch the interview, this headline wasn’t the tone of his statement at all. It was at the end of his remarks and it was non-chalant. The big takeaway from the interview was that he’d know after tomorrow when they do more than a walk through.

  • Cullen James Riley

    Another busted draft pick!

  • James Tripp

    Certainly not the Rooney’s fault. Probably that sorry commissioner’s fault.

  • James Tripp

    I am curious if the suspected walk though made him sore, or the running on Monday and Tuesday.

  • James Tripp

    Apparently on Monday and Tuesday he was running indoors, prior to that he was riding the stationary bike and walking around without crutches last week.

  • James Tripp

    One of the PatCheatriots players has been out a few weeks due to a rib injury. Hope he stays out another week.

  • SteelerMike

    This game is bigger than some seem to think. While it is not a playoff game, it may have absolutely huge consequences on the shape of the playoffs. Not only does the winner likely secure the
    number one seed, but the loser may drop to the third seed, relegated to the WC round. That’s a dramatic difference for both teams. Ben and the Steeler offense has been markedly worse on the road the last few years. And NE has never advanced to the SB from the WC round under Belicheat.

  • dany

    The game is big but I see little chance the steelrs and patriots aren’t the bye week teams. I find it hard to believe the steelers would lose to either the browns or texans, even if they lose to the pats, and the pats won’t lose again even if they lose against the steelers. The jaguars themselves have lose to 3 bottom feeders, and they’re facing three more in their last three games so I wouldn’t be shocked if they drop at least one of them, especially the last one with a titans team fighting for a wildcard berth, and by then their bye week chances are likely gone anyway

    Not impossible, but very unlikely. If there’s any chance Haden could re-injure the leg then sit him, they have time

  • Timothy Rea

    Ttitans just lost Mariota, I think the jags will win out with or without him though

  • dany

    Mariota is fine though, was just a scare apparently. Practiced in full on wednesday

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Look at it this way.. the Steelers won’t have him for this one, but he’ll be good for the playoffs, should the teams meet again.

  • Conserv_58

    According to Craig Woolfly, if Joe is hearing a clicking sound when he runs he should be ok, but if he’s hearing a crunching sound then that’s not good.

  • Steve

    Spence legs were sore last week also, after being off 2 months.
    Get real guys, a persons body that was immobile, take time to get back in shape.
    Even if we convert to a 4-3. there are still 2 CB’s and 2 safeties.