Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden was hopeful that he’d be able to return from a broken leg he suffered earlier in the season to take on the New England Patriots on Sunday, but it appears he’ll have to wait at least another week.
According to a report from Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network, Haden is unable to play against the Patriots, but did say that he feels like he’s close to a return to action.
After joining the Steelers just prior to the start of the season after being released by the Cleveland Browns, Haden immediately earned a starting role and has been a major factor in helping turn around the Steelers defense. However, he fractured the fibula in his left leg against the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 12.
Haden has missed each of the last four games and will now miss his fifth consecutive contest on Sunday, but it sounds like he’s got a good chance to make his return in Week 16 against the Houston Texans.