Joe Haden Kicked Out of Browns Practice for Being “Too Rough”

On what was the final day of Cleveland  Browns Training Camp, cornerback Joe Haden was shown the door prior to the rest of his teammates for what is being dubbed as “being too rough.”

A bit before 10am on Wednesday, Haden was seen removing his pads, showing body language that would infer a poor mood, and heading into the Browns training facility shortly after receiving a few choice words from head coach Pat Shurmur. Team president Mike Holmgren would follow him in, only to return back to the practice field without the former seventh-overall draft pick.

Following practice, Shurmur would not address the Haden situation, claiming that he had immense respect for the player and his only regrets were the language that was used within ear shot of fans who were in attendance. Haden had reportedly been warned about his tackling earlier in the team’s training camp. The hit which was essentially the final straw was placed on rookie wide receiver Travis Benjamin. The team was not practicing in full pads.

“This was practice number 21,” said Shurmur. “We have had 21 walk-throughs. As you might expect, none of us have had enough sleep in the last month and we get very emotional.”

Haden is still awaiting NFL ruling stemming from a reported use of prescription Adderall and could potentially miss up to four games of the season.

[Related: Browns Banking on Shawn Lauvao to Help Make Weeden and Richardson a Success]

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Should have spelled it RUFF but seriously that’s just Joe comin’ down from the Adderall by the fifth game of the season he’ll be all cleared up!

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  • mgbode

    better he leaves because he was playing too hard than because he was being lazy

  • Ron

    Cleveland needs tough(not dirty) defensive players to compete and command some respect. Isn’t everyone tired of seeing the defense pushed around all over the field?

  • BenRM

    I want to make a Grady Sizemore / Joe Haden joke, but I can’t come up with anything clever….


  • MrCleaveland

    We’re beginning to see some troublesome head-case tendencies from Haden. Let’s hope he doesn’t progress to full-blown knucklehead or, worse, pouting diva.

    Edit: On the other hand, I got my clock cleaned in practice a number of times, and it didn’t seem to bother anybody, including me.

  • MrCleaveland

    Cleveland.com has video of the play. It doesn’t look very rough. Haden just dragged him down from behind by the shirt.