Waived by the Browns just before the team made the trip to Chicago for the preseason finale against the Bears last Wednesday, Haden signed a contract with the Steelers only eight hours later, and will make his debut in the black and yellow in Cleveland, which will be a unique experience for his former teammates. Jackson said he does not know how serious the injury is but said it is not the same left foot injury that forced Garrett to finish minicamp in a walking boot.
Both came across the same way they've been all training camp - respectful, humble, driven, motivated and eager to get into their first National Football League game. Garrett has had foot issues dating back to his stint at Texas A&M, suffering a high ankle sprain during his final college season. His status will be updated in a "couple of weeks", the team said. Since then the rivalry has been one of geography, rather than competition, as the series between the Browns and Steelers has seen one team be the dominant force more often than not.
Before he was released last week, two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden felt the Browns, who have had a checkered history with bad first-round picks, had nailed this choice. It's not just one player getting after their five guys. That includes playoff wins over the Browns in both 1994 and 2002.
Myles Garrett's big plans to sack Ben Roethlisberger in the season opener may be on hold.
The Cleveland Browns had an abysmal 2016 season, going just 1-15 overall with a 4-12 record against the spread. It's one of the most hated phrases in all of sports. It is worth noting, however, that preseason performance has very little correlation with regular season outcomes.
There is the part of me who wants to see the Browns get better and start to be more competitive so this can actually be fun, so Pittsburgh and Cleveland can truly give us something to pay attention to on the field. Pittsburgh has won four straight over Cleveland, going 3-0-1 against the spread in those four contests. "But I don't know until we start playing". "It was unfortunate that it happened, and we are going to move on from it", he added.
The Steelers finally saw the return of Le'Veon Bell to the field after his long holdout, and will get him back in the backfield along with a healthy Ben Roethlisberger and fresh Antonio Brown to work with on their well-rounded offense.