BEREA, Ohio— Cornerback Joe Haden will not play in the preseason finale against the Bears, but Mike Pettine believes his Pro Bowl cornerback will be back for the season opener.
Haden was on the stationary bike during practice Monday and Pettine was asked how serious Haden’s injury was.
“It’s an injury,” Pettine said. “It’s something that gave him a little bit of trouble, so we did some further work and the recommendation was just go ahead and let him rest it the rest of the preseason. So, we’re going to go ahead and do that. “
Pettine did say that Haden could’ve played if it was the regular season.
“If this was the regular season he would have been able to play, but we’re just going to go ahead and be very conservative here with it and hold him out because we are on a short week and hold him out against Chicago, as well,” Pettine said. “When we start practicing for Pittsburgh he should be 100 percent ready to go.”
The Browns had six defensive backs sit out against the Rams with injury, but Pettine said he is hoping the group will be back by the regular season, with the exception of one.
“We’re hopeful. I think it’s looking that way,” Pettine said. “Desir might be the only one who could potentially be out, but we’re hopeful we’ll be back at a full complement at that point.”
K’Wuan Williams returned to practice after sitting out Saturday’s game with a hamstring injury.
Cameron Excused: TE Jordan Cameron was not on the practice field during the time open to the media. Pettine was asked the reason but he wouldn’t divulge it.
“He’s dealing with an issue,” Pettine said. “He was excused.”
Cameron missed time in training camp with a shoulder injury, but Petttine wouldn’t say if it was personal or medical. He indicated he might be back as soon as Tuesday.
“He was excused,” he said. “I’m not going to go into anything (more).”
In the preseason, Baker had three carries for nine yards, but missed last week with a hamstring injury. Last season, Baker scored two touchdowns and rushed for 171 yards in the final three games. Armstrong had three catches for 17 yards.
“(Armstrong) was just a move that Ray and I felt was appropriate to let some of those young guys (get time).”
Burleson Back: WR Nate Burleson was back practicing for the first time since injuring his hamstring on Aug. 6.
Pettine was asked about Burleson.
“He went through some individual work today,” he said. “I’m not sure how he came out of it.”
Pettine was asked if Burleson is in danger of losing a roster spot after missing so much time.
“I can’t speak on whether guys have certain roster spots first of all, that’s not my area, but that’s Ray (Farmer’s).”
Pettine did admit that the missed time has hurt him.
“It does hurt your chances not being out there but well look at the entire body of work.”
Pettine Defends Schwartz: OT Mitchell Schwartz has taken his share of the blame in the preseason, but Pettine defended him when he was asked about his play.
“I thought Mitchell bounced back against St. Louis,” Pettine said. “We feel good about that offensive line. He’s not a guy we’re looking to replace I thought he’s had a good camp and you look at right tackles around the league a lot of people would agree he’s solid.”
Gordon Update: WR Josh Gordon was back at practice after not playing against the Rams. Pettine said on the conference call that part of the reason because the Browns were assuming he would get some type of suspension. Pettine was asked if he had any information on Gordon.
“No, we kind of had a range of (the suspension would be),” he said. “Probably, (I) shouldn’t have spoke on it.”
Next Up: The Browns will practice on Tuesday and then have a walk through closed to the media on Wednesday before taking on the Bears at 8 pm Thursday night in the final preseason game at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Pettine said the plan is to play the starters on both sides of the ball the first quarter.