The Pittsburgh Steelers have every reason to expect cornerback Joe Haden to return to the field on Monday against the Houston Texans.
Haden first returned to practice in the week leading up the Steelers’ matchup against the New England Patriots as a limited participant, but was not able to play in the game. He has been a full participant every day this week in practice, and should be ready to play on Monday.
On Thursday, Haden said that he wasn’t ready to play against the Patriots, but fully expects to be on the field against the Texans.
He will be a welcome addition to a Steelers pass defense that has struggled in recent weeks. They were better against the Patriots, but a problem that has plagued them throughout the season has been big plays in the passing game.
While those problems still reeled their ugly head when Haden was in the lineup, after he broke his left fibula in Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts it got significantly worse. Since then, one of the best defenses in the league throughout the 2017 season has surrendered 38 points to the Baltimore Ravens, and allowed Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Brett Hundley to have a career-best performance with 3 passing touchdowns.