After a terrible 2015 season but an otherwise solid career, cornerback Joe Haden has another uphill battle to climb in 2016 as he hopes for a rebound performance: he'll be recovering from ankle surgery.
Friday evening, the Cleveland Browns announced that Haden had surgery on his left ankle Wednesday. The announcement says that the injury occurred during the team's Week 8 loss to the Arizona Cardinals last year. That ended up being Haden's final game of the year, as he also suffered his second concussion of the season. According to the Browns, Haden is "expected to resume football activities during training camp and should be ready for the start of the 2016 regular season."
The announcement leads us to believe that Haden will miss the other offseason programs, such as OTAs and minicamp. It will give the team's younger cornerbacks a better opportunity to impress defensive coordinator Ray Horton, though, if you're looking for the bright side of things.