Steelers CB Joe Haden to miss multiple weeks with fractured fibula
- Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden suffered a fractured fibula in his team’s 20-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. After initial concerns that his season may be over, more recent reports have suggested he could miss as little as three weeks.
- Haden was released by the Cleveland Browns in the offseason after a couple of disappointing, injury-plagued years in 2015 and 2016 which saw him earn grades of just 31.8 and 46.0. Prior to 2015, his lowest season grade had been 82.1.
- Having been signed by the Steelers, Haden has enjoyed something of a comeback year in 2017, achieving a grade of 80.8 through 10 weeks which ranks 33rd at his position. He has allowed a passer rating of 73.1 while allowing a reception every 16.3 snaps in coverage, which ties him for 11th among cornerbacks alongside Josh Norman.
- The loss of Haden will mean an increase in snaps for former Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh, who struggled filling in for Haden against the Colts, earning a game grade of 43.9 while allowing a passer rating of 156.3 into his coverage.
- The Steelers may also consider expanding the role of slot cornerback Mike Hilton, who has been a pleasant surprise for Pittsburgh this season. He ranks 19th among cornerbacks with a season grade of 83.0 and has allowed a passer rating of just 61.9 in slot coverage which ranks third in the NFL through 10 weeks.