Updating on a story we covered last night, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur is now calling CB Joe Haden a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Haden suffered an oblique injury on Wednesday and did not practice on Thursday or Friday. Shurmur said that the second-year corner will still make the trip to Dallas, and provided a hint of optimism when he said that Haden at least felt better on Friday.
"It’s something that can happen with a very harmless movement. We’ll just see where he’s at. He feels better today. On gameday we’ll decide if he can go."
A similar sounding injury kept rookie linebacker James-Michael Johnson out for over a month to begin the season, but Shurmur said that Haden's injury only involves his oblique, while Johnson's involved his ribs as well. In the event that Haden can't play, Shurmur talked about the possibility of two youngsters -- Trevin Wade and Johnson Bademosi -- seeing extended playing time.
(On if Trevin Wade learned a lot from the playing time he had earlier in the season)- "No question. He’s one of the rookies that have been in here that has done an outstanding job, in my opinion, of getting up to speed. He gets better every time he gets an opportunity to either practice or play."
(On if Johnson Bademosi could be worked into the mix on defense if needed)- "He’ll be available as a corner, for sure. He’s had a good week of practice. He’s another one of those guys that’s developed. He’ll continue to develop, he just hasn’t had the on the field reps that, say Trevin (Wade) has had."
We'll see how the Browns officially list Haden when the team's injury report is released later today; he'll have to either be listed as questionable or doubtful.