Steelers Injury Report: CB Joe Haden To Resume Practicing This Week

The Pittsburgh Steelers are getting ready to play the New England Patriots Sunday at Heinz Field and while it’s still unclear if cornerback Joe Haden will play in that contest, head coach Mike Tomlin did say Tuesday during his weekly press conference that he will resume practicing this week.

“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.”

Haden has been sidelined since Week 10 with a fractured fibula and it will now be interesting to see if he ultimately plays Sunday against the Patriots.

As far as other injured players for Week 15 goes, Tomlin said Tuesday that cornerback Coty Sensabaugh and tight end Vance McDonald are both currently dealing with shoulder injuries that they suffered during the team’s Sunday night game against the Baltimore Ravens.

“Those guys will be evaluated and their participation and the quality of their participation during the week will determine their availability,” Tomlin said of Sensabaugh and McDonald.

As for inside linebacker Tyler Matakevich, who missed the Week 14 Sunday night game against the Ravens, Tomlin didn’t give much of an update on his Week 15 status on Tuesday outside of saying he has yet to check on him this week.

Tomlin also didn’t mention running back Le’Veon Bell during his injury rundown. Bell, who left briefly in the first half against the Ravens, was listed by Tomlin as having a quad injury after the Sunday night game.

  • The Chin

    Not sure what the raven mascot is for, but solid news for joe and this defense if he can be ready

  • The Tony

    Excellent news. Hopefully he is ready to go. I can see the Steelers being patient with Haden’s return.

  • Dakoda Baxley

    Don’t rush back too quick. We want you for the playoffs

  • John Noh

    Did he actually practice last week? Is that what the Ratbird logo is for?

  • steelburg

    This is good news no question about it. But I still don’t think he plays this week unless he did light work last week and we were not made aware.

  • ThePointe

    It’s all up to you Joe. If you want it badly enough go out there in practice and take it!

  • NinjaMountie

    Boom! Good news. I still wouldn’t play him this week and I doubt he will. Work him slowly and get him ready for the Texans.

  • Sam Clonch

    WOOOOOO!!!!! Wouldn’t be shocked if he didn’t play this weekend, but just practicing seems YUGE!

  • Rotten Sircus

    Any word on “Dirty Red” ???

  • If he’s a is full participant on Thursday, it’s a good sign.

  • rystorm06

    PRACTICE??? Not the game… Not the game, that Haden plays every one like it’s his last. We’re talking about practice man… What are we talking about? Practice???

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I hope Haden and Dirty Red play.

  • SteeltheKing

    Says Tomlin hasn’t checked up on him yet.

  • Thomas

    Well he opened the door for Vance to practice so that’s encouraging.

  • FATCAT716

    Great news if healthy play him

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Everyone is talking about not rushing Haden back, however:

    1. I think the Steelers have already been taking it slow with Joe. I think every effort has already been made not to rush him back too quickly.

    2. Neither Tomlin nor any of the coaches will play Joe if he’s not cleared or ready to go.

    Obviously, it would be nice to have Joe back, but nobody wants to put him at risk for the rest of the season.

  • ThePointe

    It’s a bone. It’s either mended or not.

  • Grant Humphrey

    Yes because Dave hit on this in the podcast yesterday but he was ruled out for the rest of that game pretty quickly if I remember correctly.

  • treeher

    OK, I was hoping for an update on Matacabbage, but I guess it’s still couched in secrecy.

  • Timothy Rea

    All hands on deck. Steelers win and they are the #1 seed and can rest their guys for 3 weeks essentially. Plenty of time for Haden to further heal but a loss puts them in jeopardy of losing the #2 seed if they come out flat against the Texans or Browns. How great would it be to see the patriots have to play an extra game against a tough opponent (like Baltimore in the wildcard?)

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Actually, a win will not lock up the #1 seed for the Steelers unless Jacksonville also loses. But it would essentially put a near stranglehold on it.

  • Nathanael Dory

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! šŸ˜€

  • John Westbrook

    What about big AV

  • Cwallace

    Yessir. Whats better….the pats lose and jags win out. NE gets the 3rd spot

  • SeventhHeavan

    How good Is Haden for the Steelers? This guy changes the whole secondary for us. Secondary has net been the same (not even close) without him.Great pickup! Hope he stays healthy after gets back…

  • SilverSteel

    Iā€™m hearing Jim Mora now. Practice? Practice? Are you kidding me? Lol

  • johnhoien

    It would be awesome to have him back! Hopefully he’s a go even @ 90%