Browns' Joe Haden has ankle surgery, needs months to recover

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden prepares for a play during the the team's NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. Haden underwent surgery on his ankle earlier this week and will need months to recover. The two-time Pro Bowler had an injury-filled 2015 season. He hurt his ankle in a Nov. 1 game against Arizona. Haden also sustained his second concussion in three weeks against the Cardinals. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
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CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Browns star cornerback Joe Haden underwent surgery on his ankle earlier this week and will need months to recover.

The two-time Pro Bowler had an injury-filled 2015 season. He hurt his ankle in a Nov. 1 game against Arizona. Haden also suffered his second concussion in three weeks against the Cardinals.

The 26-year-old missed Cleveland's final eight games as he was unable to pass the NFL's concussion protocol. He was not medically cleared until after the season.

The team said he should be able to resume football activities during training camp in July and is expected be ready for the start of next season. The Browns did not say why Haden waited until this week to have surgery.

Haden's absence had a devastating impact on Cleveland's secondary last season. The former first-round draft pick has started 68 games and made 16 career interceptions.

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