Cleveland Browns vice president of football operations Sashi Brown told reporters Monday that cornerback Joe Haden may not be ready for Week 1 of the 2016 regular season after undergoing surgery on his ankle.
According to the Akron Beacon-Journal, Brown said it was “too early to tell at this point” whether Haden will be ready for the first game of the season.
“We don't know enough about it, but we do know that Joe and we were disappointed obviously to hear that Joe was going to need surgery,” Brown said. “The first we heard about it was probably a week before last, maybe about 10 days ago.”
The team announced that their star cornerback underwent surgery on his left ankle on Wednesday and were hoping that he would be sidelined only until training camp begins in July.
Haden, a two-time Pro Bowler, injured his ankle in a game against Arizona on Nov. 1, and also sustained a concussion. The cornerback missed the Browns’ finals eight games of the season as he did not pass the NFL's concussion protocol.
Haden, 26, played in five games during the 2015 season, recording 22 tackles and a fumble recovery.