Steelers cornerback Joe Haden left Sunday’s 20-17 win over the Colts with a fracture in his left leg.
Haden underwent scan that showed a non-displaced fracture of the fibula head and no surgery is required, according to a source. Recovery could be 5-6 weeks, but Haden is hoping to return sooner, per the source.
The fibula isn’t the weight-bearing bone of the lower leg, so there is a possibility he could remain on the roster and be available for the playoffs.
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However, if the injury is too severe he will head to injured reserve, and the spotlight will fall firmly on Coty Sensabaugh and Cam Sutton, who will get pushed into action very quickly.
Haden collided with a Colts offensive player late in the first quarter and was down on the Lucas Oil Stadium turf for a few minutes. Haden walked off the field without a limp and went to the locker room. Veteran Coty Sensabaugh replaced him in the lineup and the expectation is that he will remain in the role alongside 2016 first-rounder Artie Burns. The Steelers won’t have long to feel sorry for thems elves; they’ll host the Titans in four days on “Thursday Night Football.”
After Tennessee, the Steelers face the Packers and are at Cincinnati. If all goes well, Haden could return in Week 14 against the Ravens.
Haden, a longtime member of the Cleveland Browns who signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Steelers in August, helped stabilize a much-improved secondary and second-ranked defense. The Steelers’ secondary gave up touchdown passes of 60 and 61 yards against Indianapolis after Haden left the game.
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